The ANC leader and president survived a vote of no confidence – but this could stifle further economic returns as well as spur a potential party split

Jacob Zuma may have survived a motion of no confidence in the South African parliament, but the fierce battle over his leadership has damaged the chances of the African National Congress of winning the 2019 national election.

The struggle between Zuma supporters and opponents within and outside the ANC has paralysed both the ruling party and the South African government, and it is likely to resume with even more vigour, potentially leading to another split in the party, this time possibly fatal.

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