The abdication of certain key matters to Cyril Ramaphosa is Jacob Zuma’s affirmation (confirmation, avowal, declaration, announcement, statement) that the challenges that we face in South Africa – of which some do go back to post 1994, is above his level of intelligence and wisdom of Zuma to be able to address and resolve them.
All honour to Zuma therefore on his brave decision to rather push deputy president Ramaphosa more and more to the fore and the firing line.
There are already indications, including Zuma’s current state of health, that Ramaphosa, has been given a mandate, to act in an executive role, almost like a Managing Director of South Africa.
This is indeed significant, seeing that the chances are basically nil that Ramaphosa would be elected in a populism manner to lead the ANC. He would have to sneak in via the back door, if Zuma would in the next five years of his tenure, either decide to, or be asked or forced to rather retire at his Nkandla enclave, in a lap of luxury, thanks to the taxpayers of South Africa.
For that Ramaphosa needs a trump card – because he is from Venda – that small community/tribe on the other side of the Soutpansberg, from where so many South African intelligentsias hail from.
Like Ramaphosa, the Venda’s are very much individualist, different to the Zulu and Xhosa that collectively form the powerbase of the ANC.
Even the Sotho tribe will find it extremely difficult to deliver a president. Just ask Mosiuoa Lekota if you doubt it.
Whether the ANC actually considers the underlying ethnics in its leadership corps as important, is as clear as daylight, or as clear as an Nguni cow.
For a master move of Zuma to put Ramaphosa in the foreground and at the fore, must have taken a lot of serious consideration.
Zuma doesn’t believe that Ramaphosa holds any threat to him. It has in time and tested policy proven to bind someone, render him incapacitated, to ‘use’ him and then to disregard him into the wild outside.
Even Zuma himself knows that he is not equipped on a number of levels, and therefore is incapable of being the executive president of the country.
Ramaphosa’s abilities raise absolutely no questions.
He is the co-writer in the national consensus that was reached at Codesa and later incorporated into the Constitution of our country- Zuma not!
Zuma enjoys no recognition as negotiator – Ramaphosa does!
Zuma must be blind not to realize that he has no political credibility outside of the ANC. Ramaphosa has that integrity and even Zuma knows that. Ramaphosa can conduct himself in any kind of conversation: to be the patron of the Johannesburg Symphonic Orchestra, to a serious role player in the private sector and also with unions, he knows how to conduct himself in any situation. Ramaphosa in foreign ambassadorial circles in Pretoria are known as ‘Cyril’, and that Zuma knows. Zuma’s relationship with shadow figures has for many years been suspect. Ramaphosa is not- Zuma knows that.
Zuma is simply not legally and morally equipped in conventions of right and wrong. His worthiness doesn’t work at all.
Zuma doesn’t understand the continued pressure lambasted at him about Nkandla, the Gupta’s, the Shaike’s and his love life.
Zuma as head of state doesn’t make his presence felt in crises' between employees and employers, or between government and the service protests that happen on a daily basis. This he now abdicates to Ramaphosa.
So if it is expected of Ramaphosa to do Zuma’s dirty work, the country could only benefit from it. He is after all everything that Zuma is not.
Ramaphosa however have to use his negotiation skills to clarify the ANC’s ‘radicalization’ of the economic transformation to those that have it and those that don’t.
In this process Ramaphosa must be extremely careful not to be Zuma-ised, as he is for Zuma dispensable (not necessary, not essential, not needed, superfluous, expendable) to say the least.