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Anthony Butler Muses on The Political Fortunes Unravelled After Mangaung

The Idea of the ANCIn a column for Business Day, Anthony Butler, author of The Idea of the ANC, looked at the aftermath of the ANC’s Mangaung conference and tries to gage what will come of those left out in the cold politically.

Butler suggests that a cabinet reshuffle is needed and asks “will Zuma try to destroy, or to embrace, Mashatile, Mbalula, and the many other bright young things in the Gauteng ANC?”

THE resolutions of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) national conference in Mangaung in December have finally been released after weeks of editorial tinkering. The 80 pages do not offer any clear sense of political direction and provide few clues about policy changes that may lie ahead.

A high degree of continuity was inevitable as detailed proposals were prepared by national executive committee subcommittees before the conference and were mostly adopted by delegates. Many resolutions echo decisions taken at previous conferences that have not yet been implemented.

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