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With his con­tender’s cam­paign well un­der way, deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s lob­by­ists are con­cerned that his prin­ci­pled ap­proach will cost him the ANC pres­i­dency.

Ramaphosa threw his hat in the ring late last year dur­ing a ra­dio in­ter­view when he said that if the branches wanted him, he was avail­able for the pres­i­dency.

His con­dem­na­tion of the re­cent Cab­i­net reshuf­fle gave his sup­port­ers hope that he would hit the ground run­ning.

But his ab­sence from the limelight since has some wor­ried that it will cost him the po­si­tion he has wanted since for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela stepped down.

“He is too cau­tious, too wor­ried about tar­nish­ing his name. He should never have gone into pol­i­tics if he can’t take the bull by his horns. He should be in Lim­popo, Gaut­eng, the West­ern Cape and North­ern Cape and other places that are will­ing to sup­port him,” one sup­porter, who is a pro­vin­cial ANC leader, told City Press.

Another sug­gested that he would look to shine at the

On Fri­day, the SA Po­lice Ser­vice came to her res­cue with an an­nounce­ment that “threats” had been directed at her.

While the anointed one criss-crosses the coun­try and is given ANC plat­forms to show­case her of­fer­ing, there is no sign of her num­ber one con­tender.

Ramaphosa has buried his head in the sand af­ter boldly com­ing out against the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to axe Gord­han. pol­icy con­fer­ence in June, but lamented that it might be too late given Dlamini-Zuma’s head start.

“When we were cam­paign­ing for Ja­cob Zuma, we used to have house-warm­ing par­ties and he would come. We would have wine-tast­ing events at Golden Horse Casino, the me­dia would come. You agree to ev­ery in­vi­ta­tion, you can’t be mod­est at such a time. As deputy pres­i­dent, you must in­sist on 40% gov­ern­ment and 60% ANC work.”

Ramaphosa is to­day ex­pected to make an ap­pear­ance at the pop­u­lar Zion Chris­tian Church Easter prayer ser­vice in Mo­ria in Lim­popo.

It was not yet con­firmed whether he would be given a plat­form to ad­dress the church­go­ers.

In the past week, he spent time con­sult­ing with tra­di­tional lead­ers in Lim­popo’s Vhembe area.

Later this week, Ramaphosa is due to at­tend a din­ner hosted by the Black Busi­ness Coun­cil in Sand­ton in Jo­han­nes­burg.

– S’thembile Cele and Setumo Stone

“That was the most un­in­tel­li­gent re­port that I have ever heard of,” Ramaphosa said. “I told the pres­i­dent that I was to­tally against this move,” he said at the time.

This was the mo­ment his lob­by­ists had been wait­ing for, they be­lieved he was sound­ing the warn­ing bell, that it was fi­nally “Game on”. But af­ter a rap on the knuck­les at the NWC, the ques­tion now on many lips is: “Where is Cyril?”

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