William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
11 Jun 2022
4:45 am

Cyril is on the brink of disaster

William Saunderson-Meyer

None of this is the result of the ebb and flow of random circumstances. It’s a perfectly timed move by the RET faction.

President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Good Hope Chamber in Cape Town on Thursday. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

The laying of serious criminal complaints against a sitting president by his former security chief would be high drama anywhere in the world. In South Africa, it also throws up one of those bizarre paradoxes that this country specialises in. President Cyril Ramaphosa, when it’s boiled down to the nitty-gritty, faces criminal sanctions and political ignominy for the burglary, from his own home, of his own money. In contrast, president Jacob Zuma, who facilitated the decade-long looting of a trillion rands of taxpayer money, has not only eluded justice, but remains politically influential. Zuma, despite his seedy personal life and...