Best of opinions: Gigaba can topple Zuma

2017-06-07 17:59
Cat among the pigeons: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

Cat among the pigeons: Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

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There have been some whispers amongst ANC cadres about the possibility of a group of senior Zuma-ites asking the president to step down. They emphasise that those involved won’t necessarily be jumping ship to the Ramaphosa camp, nor would they support Ramaphosa as the next president. The reason for such a radical move would be for their own political career advancement. 

But who could be brave enough to lead such a group?

A few names have been thrown around, but if these rumours are correct, my money would be on Malusi Gigaba, our not-so-new finance minister, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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The view from ward J

My mother didn’t die on Mother’s Day. It was expected, given her sudden deterioration that she would. Instead she hovered between worlds, hardly with us, but not yet gone, day after day after day. 

Outside the hospital the world and indeed the country continued to seethe. Terrorists blew up children in Europe, and at home South African politicians continued their own suicide mission, ensuring that the next generations would suffer the consequences of their greed and arrogance. Emails were hacked, corruption exposed and the president laughed.

South Africa has a tumor. We are all in ward J and the country’s loved ones have arranged vigil around her, writes Howard Feldman.

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He may think he can, but Ramaphosa cannot save the ANC

What would happen should Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds in winning at the ANC's elective conference? If he manages to defeat the Zuma faction, it’s likely to be marginal at best. In terms of internal stability in the organisation, that is not the best eventuality because there will be strong opposition to the Ramaphosa leadership, writes Anneke Scheepers.

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