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The Fightback: Can President Cyril Ramaphosa fend off his enemies within the ANC?

The last thing South Africa needs right now is political instability - the optics does not endear itself to investors and ratings agencies. Yet, here we go again. Cyril Ramaphosa is a man under fire and those in the firing squad are his comrades within the ANC.

Lizeka Tandwa takes a closer listen to whispers in the corridors of power and looks at some of the key players making key moves in their ambition for the ANC presidency.

Has Cyril alienated himself from his comrades and has his indecisive leadership left him vulnerable to those looking to depose him?

Mcebisi Ndletyana says Ramaphosa's political survival is linked to his public approval ratings and if that starts to go south, it would be tickets for him.

Ralph Mathekga looks at the Busisiwe Mkhwebane factor - Luthuli House, he suggests, will ask for leniency, while the Union Buildings would sooner see the back of her.

Whether Ramaphosa has the fortitude to successfully fend off his enemies remains to be seen.


Yunus Kemp
Opinions Editor

The fightback: Ramaphosa's enemies within the ANC

Lizeka Tandwa

Ramaphosa needs allies more than ever in the wake of a realignment within the ANC. Party insiders say Ramaphosa has alienated his comrades.


Cyril Ramaphosa

Prospects of Ramaphosa’s reelection hinge on his public ratings. He is more popular outside the ANC. That’s why the ANC elected him in 2017: to win the 2019 election.Once it appears that Ramaphosa no longer enjoys better public ratings, he stands a high risk of not being reelected party president, especially if the membership system remains unchanged. Most current members are rented – paid by one faction or another – to vote in one way or another.

The instructions from Luthuli House would certainly urge that the ANC caucus in Parliament shows restraint on Mkhwebane, while the Union Buildings would certainly prefer her out of the office as soon as yesterday.


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