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ANC split would end logjam

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Unless Ramaphosa acts soon, the radical economic transformation forces will be emboldened enough to act against him.


22 Aug 2020
PREMIUM!
ANC split would end logjam

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19 from the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 12 July 2020. Picture: GCIS

The main reason for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s continued high levels of public support, considerably beyond the electoral popularity of his party, is fear. Fear that his departure would mean that the state capture faction – cloaked under the radical economic transformation (RET) label – would regain control, with all the attendant ghastly implications. In other words, there will be a complete and utter Zimbabwe-style meltdown. In other words, exactly what is already happening. Given Ramaphosa’s manifest inability to act decisively, all that’s at issue here is the speed at which the disaster unfolds. The president cannot make the economic changes...

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