Party at the crossroads — just 24 hours before the ANC’s pivotal conference, questions abound

The unprecedented public defiance of ANC instructions by four of its MPs, including, crucially, Cogta Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, may pose significant risks for the party. If it is unable to maintain discipline and, in this case, punish the offenders, it could lose what coherence it still has. Doing this could be difficult, however.