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President Jacob Zuma waves during the ANC policy conference in Johannesburg. (Themba Hadebe, AP)
President Jacob Zuma waves during the ANC policy conference in Johannesburg. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

The ANC policy conference ended on a rather bizarre note when President Jacob Zuma begged members to support the creation of two deputy presidents.

He or she who loses the presidential race in December would automatically become one of two deputy presidents. In Zuma’s view, this would "unite the two factions". One faction is led by his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The other by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.

It is the Dlamini-Zuma faction, with Zuma as its chief lobbyist, that is promoting the two-deputy president system. It was conceived in KwaZulu-Natal.

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