Protests signal power struggle in South Africa

Youth leader who boosted Zuma now seen as threat; supporters rally

Mr. Malema's supporters, some of whom pelted police and reporters with stones and bottles, confront police on Tuesday. Mr. Malema's calls for radical changes have mobilized unemployed and disillusioned youths. (Associated Press)Mr. Malema’s supporters, some of whom pelted police and reporters with stones and bottles, confront police on Tuesday. Mr. Malema’s calls for radical changes have mobilized unemployed and disillusioned youths. (Associated Press)
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The support of Mr. Malema and his Youth League was instrumental in getting Mr. Zuma elected party president in December 2007 and unceremoniously ousting former President Thabo Mbeki.

Protesting Youth Leaguers threatened Tuesday to do the same to Mr. Zuma at the 2012 ANC Congress.

“In 2012 we are voting Mbalula,” they chanted, referring to former Youth League president and current Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Whoever wins the party presidency gets to run for president. The ANC remains unchallenged politically in the country.

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