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Susan Booysen | Power, putsches and popularity: The backstory to Ramaphosa's pandemic presidency

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Cyril Ramaphosa. (Wikus de Wet, AFP)
Cyril Ramaphosa. (Wikus de Wet, AFP)

A campaign to replace Cyril Ramaphosa in the ANC is underway even though his rise to power in the party was due to his leadership image and ratings that he would deliver victory in the 2019 government elections, writes Susan Booysen.

As President Cyril Ramaphosa in his fifth State of the Nation Address reassured and tried to inspire a country ravaged by Covid-19, a backstory of intricate manoeuvres for ownership of and succession in the ANC was unfolding constantly.

The pandemic president’s work to prove himself as the statesman leader that epitomises the African National Congress (ANC), and has staying power, was the subtext to every line of the text.

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