Mbhazima Shilowa | Ramaphosa shouldn’t waste this crisis - or risk becoming a dud

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. (GCIS)
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has no choice but to wield the axe, even if it means trimming the Cabinet, promoting a few deputies and getting rid of the majority of deputy positions, writes Mbhazima Shilowa. 

Events of the past few weeks have laid bare the shambolic state of our intelligence services and how poorly equipped and uncoordinated the law enforcement agencies are. Anyone with half a brain could see the extent to which they have been hollowed out and repurposed to enable state capture and to fight internal African National Congress (ANC) battles during the Jacob Zuma years. However, only a few people had a sense of the extent of the rot, despite some of the shenanigans having been detailed at the Commission on State Capture.

It also exposed as a farce the oft-parroted unity and renewal of the ANC, with leaders openly contradicting one another. While some are appalled about what took place - the death of more than 200 people, arson, looting, and wanton destruction of properties - others are rejoicing. For them, the mayhem is a means to an end - triumph over the other faction - with the poor who lost their lives in the process being mere collateral damage.

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