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Vol 59 No 5

Published 9th March 2018


South Africa

Zexit, Ramaphoria, then political landmines

The new President faces challenges from left and right as Julius Malema steals a march on the government over land reform

Weeks of good news for President Cyril Ramaphosa came to a grinding halt on 1 March when the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) outmanoeuvred him to win a parliamentary motion on the issue of expropriating land without compensation. A vote will now be held on whether or not to amend the constitution to allow the controversial measure. The EFF's tactical win reveals the new political landscape after the forced resignation of Jacob Zuma on 14 February.

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