Dirty tricks on Ramaphosa back­fired spec­tac­u­larly

The Times (South Africa) - - Opinion&letters -

● The head­line in Wed­nes­day’s Times – “JZ strong­hold breached’’ — is a clear set­back for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whose elec­tion might have pro­tected Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma from fac­ing 783 cor­rup­tion charges.

The court case re­vers­ing the elec­tion that favoured a Zuma acolyte has ex­posed the fraud used to main­tain a sup­port base for the Zuma fac­tion.

Other prov­inces will be check­ing the di­rec­tion of the wind, which looks as though it is favour­ing Cyril Ramaphosa.

There is bound to be panic in the Zuma camp; the smear cam­paign against the deputy pres­i­dent has had min­i­mal ef­fect.

In fact, if any­thing, it has bol­stered his im­age. - Ted O’Con­nor, Al­bert­skroon

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