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Ramaphosa Strengthens Hold on ANC as Allies Win More Top Posts

  • South African president’s allies control top party leadership
  • Several rivals also elected to National Executive Committee
Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa

Photographer: Leon Sadiki/Bloomberg
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa notched up another win in the leadership contest for the ruling African National Congress, after his allies secured a resounding majority of posts on the party’s top decision-making structure.

At least 65% of 80 additional members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee, who were elected at its Dec. 16-20 national conference, appeared on a list of preferred candidates that was drafted by the president’s camp and seen by Bloomberg News. They include Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and Minister of Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu.