Max du Preez
And so we discovered that our very own Great Man of Africa has feet of clay.
Jacob Zuma’s legendary invincibility was dealt a fatal blow on Sunday when his own party comrades and a wave of popular resistance forced him to overturn his own very important decision of just four days before.
His opponents in the ANC alliance have now smelled blood. We can expect them to circle around him like sharks, just waiting for the right moment to attack.
We have reason to believe that Cyril Ramaphosa is one of those circling sharks. There can be no way that the deputy president and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe didn’t have a hand in Zuma’s dramatic back flip.
Mantashe, Cosatu, the Gauteng ANC and even elements in the SACP support Ramaphosa as successor to Zuma. The other strong candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has the nationalists and traditionalists in the ANC, the Women’s League and the Premier League (an ANC lobby group led by the premiers of the Free State, North West and Mpumalanga) as her primary backers.
Zuma's interests first