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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

The Cyril Ramaphosa who kowtows to Jacob Zuma is no more. The Deputy President who praises the President – calls him “Action-Man Zuma” – has gone. Instead, there is a man fighting, pushing and shoving his way to the Number One spot. Ramaphosa’s address to the SACP National Conference on Wednesday marks the start of a muscular campaign season. He’s using every trick in the book, every nudge and wink. And he appears to have a head of steam behind him.

If there is one question that has followed Cyril Ramaphosa around like an unwanted email trail over the last few years it is this: is he really a leader, and does he really have the stomach for the fight?

He will no longer be asked that question.

He now appears ready to take the fight to Zuma directly. Standing in front of the suitably – actually, incredibly – friendly audience that the SACP provided, in full view of ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, he said “we must recover money that has been stolen” that “we won’t allow state institutions to be used to benefit a few”, and crucially, that “we won’t protect those involved in state capture”. And yes, he means the Guptas, as he made clear: “We know we paid for a lavish wedding that took place in Sun City. These resources could have been used to fund education.”

Ajay, Atul, Tony, Guptas, naturalised and not, he’s talking about you.

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South Africa at a Glance
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4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
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