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Vol 62 No 6

Published 18th March 2021

South Africa

The plot against Cyril

The President’s foes in the ruling party are building a credible coalition to depose him and return supporters of Zuma to power

Former President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule, who are both facing multiple corruption charges, have launched an open, brazen campaign to unseat President Cyril Ramaphosa from the presidency of the party, and then the state. The campaign's prospects of success are not as remote as many assume, insiders say. Ramaphosa supporters may be underestimating their enemies, who are well-placed in the party structures, know how to use them, and have a formidable reputation for organisation, the insiders say. His opponents also have nothing to lose.

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