The pursuit of money among some members of South Africa’s African National Congress is becoming so intense that senior officials say it’s threatening to split the ruling party and damage its ability to govern. In power since Nelson Mandela led the ANC to power 23 years ago in the nation’s first multiracial elections, the former liberation movement is now increasingly seen as an avenue to secure state contracts and jobs, with routine reports of bribery to win positions. The issue has become so worrying that some senior officials are breaking the party’s tradition of closing ranks to deal with internal problems by speaking out.

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