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08 January, 2007 - Published 12:08 GMT
Sexwale and the ANC leadership
South Africa's leading Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Times, has reported that businessman, Tokyo Sexwale, is campaigning to be the new leader of the African National Congress. This report from our Southern Africa correspondent, Peter Biles:
According to South Africa's Sunday Times, Tokyo Sexwale is projecting himself as a compromise candidate in what could be a messy succession battle within the ANC. The party has been split between those backing President Thabo Mbeki, and the supporters of the deputy leader, Jacob Zuma - who was acquitted after a trial for rape last year, and then had a corruption case against him, thrown out of court.
The Sunday Times says that Tokyo Sexwale - who's not been active in politics for nearly 10 years, is actively campaigning for the ANC presidency, and has had high-level discussions with supporters of both Mr Mbeki and Mr Zuma.
Mr Sexwale is believed to be close to the former president, Nelson Mandela. They were imprisoned together on Robben Island, until their release in 1990. Tokyo Sexwale became the Premier of Gauteng Province in 1994, but went into business four years later.
He's never ruled out a return to politics, and if the latest press reports are accurate, this marks a major development in the forthcoming ANC leadership contest. In the past month, another weekend newspaper has claimed that Tokyo Sexwale has been cutting back his business commitments, with a view to mounting a presidential challenge.
Peter Biles, BBC, Johannesburg
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