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S. Africa ANC Employs Strong-Arm Tactics to Maintain Grip

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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is increasingly using force to tighten its grip on power as discontent toward President Jacob Zuma mounts, opposition parties and political analysts said.

Parliament erupted into chaos on Thursday when more than 20 armed officers dragged Economic Freedom Fighters members from the National Assembly in Cape Town when they disrupted Zuma’s state-of-the-nation speech. Lawmakers from the Democratic Alliance, the main opposition group, walked out in protest at the use of force, leaving Zuma, 72, to address a legislature filled with mainly ANC members.