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In the ab­sence of pres­i­dency spokesper­son Mac Ma­haraj, who re­tired in April, Radebe has been more in­volved in the run­ning of the pres­i­dency. He be­came the face of gov­ern­ment when he took over com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the near-in­vis­i­ble Faith Muthambi.

To­gether with Man­tashe, Radebe also comes from a com­mu­nist back­ground. But he has man­aged to go a step fur­ther and es­tab­lish him­self as the ANC’s pol­icy guru.

In public speeches, well-spo­ken Radebe has made ef­forts to ap­pear states­man-like, de­mon­strat­ing the skills and qual­i­ties of a re­spected leader. This is likely to make him more ac­cept­able as a can­di­date to those in big busi­ness who are in­ter­ested in the out­comes of the ANC’s suc­ces­sion race.

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