Ramaphosa is fight­ing bat­tles on two fronts

Sunday World - - Viewpoint - Moses Zola Manake Rood­ekrans

I re­ally sym­pa­thise with Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa. What he in­her­ited in both the govern­ment and ANC is caus­ing him sleep­less nights. He never bar­gained for this.

In the ANC, he finds him­self sur­rounded by fac­tions hos­tile to­wards him. They still be­lieve they can turn back the hands of time and are busy plot­ting against the pres­i­dent and his sup­port­ers, hence the cel­e­bra­tion of for­mer min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene’s shenani­gans. They still be­lieve more of Ramaphosa’s staunch sup­port­ers will fall on their swords. There is no trust among mem­bers.

Fac­tions are en­trenched and are busy at work against each other, in­stead of cam­paign­ing for an ANC vic­tory in the 2019 elec­tions.

In govern­ment, he in­her­ited com­pro­mised min­is­ters and MPs who shook hands with the

Gup­tas. Be­sides the known cor­rup­tors, it looks like un­der for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob

Zuma it was every­one for him­self or her­self be­cause the head was com­pro­mised.

They are used to ne­go­ti­at­ing deals for their sib­lings and for them­selves. Min­is­ter of women Batha­bile Dlamini’s state­ment that they all have “smal­l­anyana skele­tons” comes to mind. With the Zondo com­mis­sion ac­cept­ing hard drives as ev­i­dence about Gupta leaks, I am sure many are shiv­er­ing and know that it’s a mat­ter of days be­fore they are ex­posed.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa

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