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Zuma-era officials feature on South Africa's ANC election list
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Mar 15, 2019 3:10 PM 1+ week ago

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) has included two prominent politicians linked to corruption under former President Jacob Zuma in its list of candidates for parliament ahead of an election in May.

The inclusion of figures like former finance minister Malusi Gigaba and ex-mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane calls into question the ANC's pledge to distance itself from people who have tarnished the reputation of the party, analysts said.

"The ANC list is very revealing," said political analyst Ralph Mathekga. "It says that despite what went on under Zuma, ANC branch members do not see any crisis. They are rejecting (President Cyril) Ramaphosa's anti-corruption message by choosing Zuma allies."

Ramaphosa, whose pledge to tackle corruption is a centerpiece of the ANC's election campaign, is first on a list of the party's parliamentary candidates submitted to the country's election commission. Deputy President David Mabuza and ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe are in second and third places.

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