As the ANC’s national conference looms, the phrase "unity" has emerged more strongly than ever. What is unity and what will it mean for the ANC and the country? Unity talks began between ANC provincial chairmen months before the nomination process, which culminated last week in Cyril Ramaphosa getting the nod from 1,860 branches against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s 1,358. Naturally, panic set in among Dlamini-Zuma backers and they moved swiftly to regain lost ground. On Friday in Nelspruit, legitimate ANC delegates complained that they were being sidelined in a "verification process" run by President Jacob Zuma’s lieutenants from the national executive committee (NEC). The disgruntled group, aligned to Ramaphosa, are now set to interdict the Free State’s delegation of 409 voting delegates from attending the conference. The matter is set to be heard on Thursday. The increase of the top leadership structure would mean an additional deputy president and two additional deputy secretary-gene...

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