Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
14 Sep 2021
4:50 am

Cyril heads for second term with all potential obstacles out of the way

Eric Naki

Ramaphosa, through his stance on corruption and internal party discipline, has seen Jacob Zuma’s support base tumbling.

Baleka Mbete, Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma at the 107th birthday January 8 statement of the party. Picture: ANC/Twitter

Like dominoes, all potential obstacles in the way of President Cyril Ramaphosa getting his second term have now toppled as he consolidates his position in the ANC. Ramaphosa, through his stance on corruption and internal party discipline, has seen Jacob Zuma’s support base tumbling. However, others were won over to Ramaphosa’s side both before and after the watershed Nasrec conference in December 2017. Ramaphosa’s power consolidation had been a roller-coaster phenomenon since he assumed state power in May 2018. But this year, the president has been growing stronger as his political foes have been weakening. The implementation of the step-aside...