Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

6 January 2014

South Africa: 2014 - a Year When Government's Big Guns Head for the Exit

analysis

While the elections will be the big political event of 2014 - provided of course that we do not have another presidential recall or an unfortunate incident at the Nkandla firepool which would require a new Number One to be installed (or Kgalema Motlanthe to come off the reserve bench again).

But what happens after the elections? Who will be on the team at the top of the political food chain, and who will join the ranks of sad opinion writers and grumpy old men and women lamenting their glory days?

One thing for sure is that the aforementioned Kgalema Motlanthe will soon be out of his misery. There is no one who seems more ill at ease in government than the current deputy president. Motlanthe has been a reluctant occupant of the West Wing of the Union Buildings from the start. He was sent to government by the ANC while Thabo Mbeki was still president - with the odd mission to monitor whether the Mbeki-ites were looting the state before the Zuma crowd took over.

While Motlanthe was still settling into the Cabinet, the ANC national executive committee (NEC) decided to recall Mbeki. This meant that...

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