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20 January 2018 01:08 (South Africa)

ANC Leadership Race: What goes on behind the scenes – breathalyser tests and confiscated cellphones

  • Carien du Plessis
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    Carien du Plessis

    Jill of all trades but really, mistress of none, Carien has of late been a political tourist chasing elections and summits in various parts of the world, especially in Africa. 

    After spending her student days at political rallies in South Africa right through the country's first democratic elections in 1994, and after an extended working holiday in London, Carien started working for newspapers full-time in 2003. She's pretty much had her share of reporting on South African politics, attending gatherings and attracting trolls, but still finds herself attracted to it like a moth to a veld fire. 

    Her ultimate ambition in life is to become a travelling chocolate writer of international fame.

Photo: A woman walks past a poster in Mangaung on 15 December 2012, ahead of the 53nd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. EPA/KIM
Original photo: Jacob Zuma, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC policy conference in June. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

Explainer: ANC Leadership Race – exact sequence unclear, but it’s likely that the opening session will happen first

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Photo: ANC Free State chairperson Ace Magashule in Mangaung, 18 December 2012 (Greg Nicolson)

ANC Leadership Race: Free State branches rally against provincial and national conference delegates

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Photo: Delegates the ANC policy conference in July 2017. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee.

ANC Leadership Race: Just one week before the show, Dlamini Zuma’s side appears to feel the pressure

By Stephen Grootes
Main photo: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Au Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addressing the mourners at the memorial service of Ronnie Mamoepa held at Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria. 27/07/2017  Kopano Tlape GCIS

ANC Leadership Race: Profile – With five days to go, who is Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma?

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and José Graziano da Silva Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 7 September 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

ANC Leadership Race: As the final contest nears, two top candidates with two opposite approaches to final days

By Stephen Grootes
Photo: A girl holds a placard among tens of thousands of South Africans demonstrating in support of Palestinians in the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, 09 August 2014. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

ANC conference, Foreign Relations Dept: Issues of Israel and Morocco to heat up the debate

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma chats to South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the African National Congress 5th National Policy Conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, South Africa, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

ANC Leadership Race: Divisions rule on the Road to Unity

By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa by Greg Nicolson / Daily Maverick.

Ramaphosa: The myths, the man – and the making of a president?

By John Allen
Photo: Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte at the ANC policy conference on 4 July 2017 in Nasrec. (Ihsaan Haffejjee)

ANC Leadership Race: With branches’ cards revealed, a tough, tight contest looms

By Carien du Plessis
Raymond Suttner

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Photo: Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa at the ANC Policy Conference, 5 July 2017, Nasrec. (Ihsaan Haffejee)

ANC Leadership Race: The fight for every single vote

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Photo: Paul Mashatile, then Minister of Arts and Culture, is taken through an African art exhibition called ‘Made in Africa – Towards Cultural Liberation’ in Johannesburg on Africa Day, Friday, 25 May 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

ANC Leadership Race: Gauteng’s calling for more expertise, direct party democracy and Ramaphosa presidency

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefing media on Team South Africa’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid presented to the World Rugby Council at Royal Garden Hotel in London, 25 September 2017. [Photo: GCIS]

ANC Leadership Race: Ramaphosa bags the Eastern Cape but branches choose Zweli Mkhize and David Mabuza over Naledi Pandor

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Photo: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses Albert Moroka Secondary School students, 13 October 2017. [Photo: GCIS]

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