President Emmerson Mnangagwa faces his toughest test yet after taking over from Zimbabwe's former leader when he presides over Zanu PF's first congress in the post Robert Mugabe era, with war veterans demanding a share of the spoils. Mugabe alienated war veterans in his last days in power as he increasingly relied on the younger generation and the new Zanu PF leader is facing loud demands to reverse the trend in what could be a tough balancing act. Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe after the army forced the 93-year-old ruler to resign in dramatic fashion and the congress to be held in Harare will his first major ruling party assignment. War veterans made it clear yesterday that they want him to
Any hope of a unity deal at the ANC's elective conference next weekend now appears to have disappeared, with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa having dismissed President Jacob Zuma's suggestion that the loser of the presidential race should automatically become deputy for the sake of unity in the party, according to City Press. This is despite numerous attempts by party members to prevent a winner-takes-all scenario unfolding at the elective conference, which starts on Saturday in Johannesburg. On Monday, Business Day reported that ANC Gauteng provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile is still campaigning for a "unity" outcome, following attempts by Zuma to prevent a contest two weeks ago. Zuma reportedly
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has taken a swipe at the judiciary, saying that some of the decisions it takes, like the recent National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) ruling, are unheard of. Zwane was speaking at the African National Congress’s Free State elective conference on Sunday night. The High Court in Pretoria ruled last week that the appointment of NPA head Shaun Abrahams was invalid, ordering him to vacate office and for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint his successor within 60 days. The court said that President Jacob Zuma is clearly conflicted when it comes to the appointment of prosecutions bosses and that he would likely make an appointment to escape his fraud and corruption charges.
PARYS - Four hundred and two delegates from the African National Congress in the Free State could be prevented from attending the party's national elective conference this weekend. The provincial party now faces an application to interdict all delegates from going to the conference. Lawyers representing disgruntled members say 32% of branches have lodged disputes and have accused the provincial leaders of being in contempt of court. This is happening while the party is holding its elective conference on Monday, where premier Ace Magashule is expected to be re-elected unopposed. ANC Free State spokesperson Thabo Meeko has refused to entertain questions on the court action. “Don’t ask me about
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Manchester United and Manchester City will have to contend with snow and sub-zero temperatures -- as well as each other -- in Sunday's Premier League title showdown at Old Trafford. Snow is forecast to fall across northwest England in the hours leading up to kick-off and temperatures are set to drop to -1 degree Celsius (30 Fahrenheit). While the Old Trafford pitch benefits from under-soil heating, there are concerns about icy conditions outside the ground and the 76,000 fans due to attend have been encouraged to arrive early. The white-hot rivalry between the clubs means the temperature is guaranteed to rise once the teams take to the field for the 175th Manchester derby. League leaders City
ANC branch delegates from around the country will begin the trek to Nasrec in the south of Johannesburg this week ahead of the governing party's 54th national conference which starts on Saturday. They will be armed with the mandates of their comrades back home and travelling with the knowledge that whatever decisions the party reaches the country will be a different place on Christmas Eve. They will also be travelling to Johannesburg under immense pressure. Intimidation and vote-buying seems to be rife, with delegates being offered money and access to patronage should they vote for a certain slate. Rumours have it that some delegates are offered as little as R15,000 a cross in the voting booth,