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SOUTH AFRICA: ANC Votes To Elect Zuma’s Successor

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Battle lines were drawn for South Africa’s ANC on Monday as voting began to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of the party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but faced scandals and corruption allegations.

The ANC said a total of 4,776 delegates began casting their ballots in the early hours of Monday, to select between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma’s preferred candidate, his former wife and cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The two were the only candidates nominated for the ANC leadership at a conference in Johannesburg.

The vote is perhaps the most pivotal moment for the ANC since it launched black-majority rule under Nelson Mandela’s leadership 23 years ago.

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