Radical economic transformation: Zuma vs Ramaphosa

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President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (AFP)
President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (AFP)

Johannesburg - “Radical economic transformation” has become the South African government’s new mantra as it advocates giving the nation’s black majority a bigger stake in the economy 23 years after the end of white-minority rule. 

What exactly it means is unclear. The phrase doesn’t appear in the National Development Plan, the government’s economic blueprint, and President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa have painted different pictures of how it should be translated into policy.

Zuma is due to step down as leader of the ruling African National Congress in December and as president in 2019, and Ramaphosa is one of the front-runners to succeed him. Here’s what they’ve been saying.

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