Martin Williams
3 minute read
30 Jun 2021
5:30 am

Is there a Putin-Mabuza powerplay in motion?

Martin Williams

Russia could right now be working out a deal with deputy president to topple Ramaphosa next year and resuscitate the nuclear deal.

Deputy President David Mabuza. Picture: Gallo Images/Netwerk 24/Deaan Vivier

Deputy President David Mabuza’s latest trip to Moscow has slipped under the radar as we all focus on Covid-19 pandemic. His journey may be more than a quest for medical attention, amid whispers about politicians poisoned in ways that can somehow be cured in Russia and nowhere else. What if the toxic matter here is the nuclear agreement between former president Jacob Zuma and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is still looking for returns on a down payment. ALSO READ: Deputy President David Mabuza takes leave for ‘medical consultation’ As Mark Swilling argued in Daily Maverick in 2018, “the 9.6 gigawatt...