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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018

South Africa

Cyril presses his advantage

The ANC's new leader will need all his legendary negotiating skills to edge Zuma out of the Union Buildings

The centre of gravity in the governing African National Congress has shifted towards its new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who now has a decisive tactical advantage over the national President, Jacob Zuma. Nowhere was this clearer than in Zuma's statement on 9 January announcing the creation of the judicial inquiry into 'state capture' which he has resisted for so long. The inquiry will now proceed while prosecutorial authorities dust off their reports on alleged malfeasance by Zuma and his family and followers, which could result in a battery of corruption trials. Already, Zuma supporters in the ANC are switching allegiance to Ramaphosa, we hear.

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