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Vol 64 No 7

Published 30th March 2023

South Africa

Now it’s Ramaphosa central

After four years of balancing factions in the ruling ANC, the President is concentrating power in his office

It was a more upbeat and energised Cyril Ramaphosa that took on critics this month complaining that he consulted too much and took too long to make decisions. Pointing out that he had named Kgosientso Ramokgopa as Electricity Minister without consulting his cabinet colleagues or senior African National Congress officials, President Ramaphosa added: 'Sometimes I will consult and sometimes I will not consult… and you better get used to it.' Then he broke into a broad smile saying: 'That is how I am rolling now.'

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