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SOUTH AFRICA: Another ANC fudge or the beginning of Ace’s end?

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While today brought slightly better-than-expected news on the economic front – with Q3 GDP growing at 13.5% q-o-q following the disastrous lockdown-related contraction of 16.6% in Q2 – on the political front an upside is not yet clear. Concluding a three-day ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting today, 8 December, President Cyril Ramaphosa stuck firmly to the message that ANC members facing corruption charges ought to step aside. This increases pressure on corruption-accused Secretary-General Ace Magashule but it is still uncertain whether a forthcoming integrity commission pr
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