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ANALYSIS | A country on edge: Ramaphosa under siege, weakening resolve and state capture 2.0

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David Mabuza and Cyril Ramaphosa congratulating each other after the results announcement at the ANC National Conference at Nasrec.
David Mabuza and Cyril Ramaphosa congratulating each other after the results announcement at the ANC National Conference at Nasrec.
PHOTO: Elizabeth Sejake/Rapport

President Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency started with great promise, but four years later state capture 2.0 looks poised to return if he decides to resign, writes Pieter du Toit.

On Saturday, 14 April 1996, Cyril Ramaphosa stood next to Nelson Mandela, just off the back porch of Tuynhuys in Cape Town, listening to the president announcing that he would be deployed to the business world.

"After thorough discussion between myself and other senior members of the ANC, it has been decided that Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa … will be taking up a senior position in the private sector," Mandela told the assembled media.

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