Tensions are rising in the corridors of Luthuli House. As ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and others now face the prospect of criminal prosecution, the political fightback by the faction aligned to President Jacob Zuma is intensifying — with Magashule at the heart of the revolt.Magashule, who is also the Free State premier, awoke last Friday to the Hawks raiding his Bloemfontein office in connection with the Vrede dairy farm project, which allegedly benefited the Gupta family and bankrolled their 2013 Sun City wedding. Poor farmers, the intended beneficiaries of the dairy project, were diddled out of cash.But on Sunday Magashule had the audacity to come out swinging as he addressed an ANC Youth League event in KwaZulu Natal, labelling those who want Zuma removed from the Union Buildings as "factionalists" and "populists".It was a clear dig at ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy David Mabuza who, the Financial Mail understands, was the first to raise Zuma’s removal with ...

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