South African president Jacob Zuma was reportedly so worried about a rumoured challenge to his leadership that he opted to spend last week with 4,000 party delegates on Durban’s so-called Coast of Dreams rather than attend the UN General Assembly in New York.

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South African president Jacob Zuma was reportedly so worried about a rumoured challenge to his leadership at his party’s National General Council that he opted to spend last week with 4,000 party delegates on Durban’s so-called Coast of Dreams rather than attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The move paid off. Everyone said the South African president had emerged from the African National Congress’s policy-making conflab looking in control. But that is only because no one wants his job at the helm of the former liberation party that’s now suffering a deep identity crisis.

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