William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
23 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Ramaphosa missing in action as SA heads for collision

William Saunderson-Meyer

The ANC is battling to reconcile reality with the imperative to not tread on the toes of powerful party factions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: ANC

The ANC is battling to reconcile reality with the imperative to not tread on the toes of powerful party factions. This makes for tortuous semantic egg dances. July saw an orchestrated eruption of violence in which at least 330 people died. But reality, for politicians, is what you describe it to be. The president initially called it an “insurrection” after much Cabinet pushback – it was maybe a “counterrevolution” but definitely not a “coup attempt” – they settled on “unrest”. The same desperate search for euphemisms is occurring around the recent events, where 53 former soldiers held for three hours...