William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
3 Apr 2021
7:00 am

Has Ramaphosa tasted blood while dealing with Ace?

William Saunderson-Meyer

Last week's ANC NEC meeting has left Ramaphosa in a uniquely powerful position if he dares to act forcefully, but will he?

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

The Ramaphosa vs Magashule sumo wrestling match has been ongoing for five months, with neither man willing to take the risks entailed in going for outright victory. To compound our ennui, the slow mo, stomach-bumping antics of the ANC’s two top heavyweights has just gone into extra time. There’s at least another month or more of the same ahead, which might extend to another year of appeals, counter-appeals and assorted delaying tactics. At stake is pole position for the 2022 ANC leadership congress, where ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will either be reaffirmed as party leader or face ignominious defeat. In...