Ramaphosa is fighting battles on two fronts
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