Speculations of ANC split intensifies

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Speculation that South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is on the verge of splitting, intensified Wednesday when former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota said he had “served divorce papers” on th e party to which he belonged for decades. Although Lekota did not confirm growing rumours that he would launch a party in opposition to the ANC, he called on “all who share our concerns to join in a collective effort to defend our movement and our democracy.” He criticised the new ANC leadership elected in Polokwane in December and specifically party leader Jacob Zuma who he accused of “leading the ANC away from its policy”. There has been a major discord within the ANC since the party’s decision to recall President Thabo Mbeki who was just seven months away from completing his final term in office. Lekota said the ANC no longer seemed committed to the principles of equality before the law, saying “even when we steal money, like any other thief, we will be locked up. If you steal and you are black or white – jail. That is something we must teach now, it doesn’t matter if you are … the leader of the ANC, the law will apply to you.”

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