UPDATE 2-S.African pro-Zuma group blocks energy deals in blow to Ramaphosa


* Pro-Zuma group, union say deals to hurt coal sector

* $5 billion green energy deals a test for new government

* ANC divisions risk hobbling Ramaphosa’s reforms (Recasts, adds quotes, details)

By Joe Brock

JOHANNESBURG, March 13 (Reuters) – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow on Tuesday, after a last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7 billion in renewable energy deals.

The North Gauteng High Court agreed to hold a full hearing on the matter on March 27 after the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) and Transform RSA, a group which has lobbied for Zuma in the past, on Monday argued the deals would lead to coal-sector job losses.

State power utility Eskom was due to sign 27 mostly wind power and…

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