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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a keynote address during the official renaming ceremony of the Nelson Mandela University at the Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Die Burger)
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a keynote address during the official renaming ceremony of the Nelson Mandela University at the Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth. (Lulama Zenzile, Gallo Images, Die Burger)

Without any doubt Ramaphosa’s campaign has picked up speed. He is saying the right things, attending key events and looking presidential. Thus the media’s positive response. In contrast his main rival (for now), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is not doing high-profile events, looks grumpy when she is out and about and does not produce catchy soundbytes.

If we were to measure the two campaigns as we would an American or European presidential run-off, it would be clear that Ramaphosa has the upper hand. But this is not Europe or America and the ANC works very differently from the Republicans or Democrats. Also: we are living in extraordinary times – even as far as the ANC is concerned, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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