Every significant metric which indicates the health of a country or society seems to suggest the ANC-in-government is failing. Unemployment levels are the highest ever, municipalities are collapsing, and the police cannot keep citizens safe, writes Pieter du Toit.
Cyril Ramaphosa does not want to be the person under whose watch the ANC finally crumbles or splits into warring factions, his advisers said shortly after his victory in the party's leadership contest in December 2017.
In fact, the focus of Ramaphosa's first years in office was to establish some semblance of party unity in the face of the many and blindingly apparent internal contradictions and conflicts raging around him. This has meant that Ramaphosa, his government and his party leadership have consistently acted out of reverence for the ANC and its interests, and not with the interests of the republic or society at large in mind.