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The election of the all-powerful ANC national working committee (NWC) today would likely indicate how the party deals with the issue of two centres of power, political analyst Adam Habib from the University of Johannesburg said yesterday.
"Firstly, the two centres of power, clearly this is going to be the time to manage relations between the two [state and party]. This may well be a big item on the agenda," he said.
"It will be interesting to see how the NWC elections turn out. If people from both camps are elected then it will be what the president [Jacob Zuma] wanted in his closing address in Polokwane - to see unity," said Habib.
"If the Zuma camp takes the NWC, this will set the parameter for how conflict will evolve."
Zuma was elected ANC president at the party's national conference last month while President Thabo Mbeki remained head of state, possibly until the country holds general elections next year.
Habib said the first meeting of the new ANC national executive committee (NEC), taking place at Esselen Park today, was likely to be an acrimonious one.
It would be the meeting where 15 members of the NWC are elected.
The working committee comprises the elected members, as well as the top six leadership figures.
Ex officio members are Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Youth League president Fikile Mbalula and Women's League president Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
Mbeki was likely to cut a lone figure at today's meeting with many of his key allies no longer on the party's NEC.
Fresh charges against new party president, Zuma, were also likely to feature on the agenda of today's meeting.
The indictment served on Zuma on December 28 by the National Prosecuting Authority also came under discussion at the first meeting of the party's top six leaders on Friday afternoon.
Zuma, said a Sunday Independent report, discussed the charges with his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, party chairman Baleka Mbete, general secretary, Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary general, Thandi Modise, and treasurer Mathews Phosa.
"As for the indictment, you can expect the NEC to make a statement about it after tomorrow's meeting. It's not fair for me to say anything," Zuma said.
Habib said the ANC would also have to examine how the charges would affect its election campaign, likely to begin within the next two or three months.
The charges against Zuma were severely criticised by his supporters - who charged that the embattled ANC president's legal woes were a result of political interference.
Criticism was levelled directly at Mbeki, with the Youth League saying that he was a "behind-the-scenes" player.
However, Zuma attempted to quell the backlash of the indictment served on him by appealing to his supporters for calm.
"We don't want to have the kind of thing we are seeing in Kenya," said Zuma on Friday, according to the report. - Sapa