Death threats and court challenges mark an intensifying battle for control of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress as factions fight it out in the nation’s provinces before the party elects a new leader to replace Jacob Zuma. In the region with the most ANC members, KwaZulu-Natal, the high court is expected to rule next month on an application by party officials to overturn an 2015 election of provincial leaders allied with Zuma following what they say was a flawed process. In Free State, deputy party chairman Thabo Manyoni is seeking to replace his boss, Ace Magashule, another supporter of the president who’s led the ANC in the province for 23 years. Whoever wins the battles will go to the December ANC leadership conference as the favorites to determine South Africa’s political future. The pro-Zuma forces are campaigning for former African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the president’s ex-wife, to take over the party, while Manyoni and officials ...

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