11 December 2018

South Africa: Figuring Out Ramaphosa's Action Plan Amid the Political Threat That He Faces


The tardy, half-hearted response of the ANC leadership to attacks against Pravin Gordhan during his evidence to the Zondo commission, points to ambivalence over the clean-up of state institutions spearheaded by Gordhan. There may be ominous possibilities, including deals to cut back on the clean-up, if the Zumaites and EFF are conceivably required for the ANC to retain power.

This article first appeared on Creamer Media's website: polity.org.za

Until now many observers, including myself, have been at pains to credit President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies with addressing the need to clean up state-owned entities (SOEs) and institutions that have been captured or fallen victim to corruption and other forms of irregularity. This has been one of the key elements in remedying the critical conditions that were left behind by Jacob Zuma.

From the moment of his election as ANC president, Ramaphosa gave the impression of determination to draw a line between what he would do and what had been done during the lawless Zuma presidency. Even before taking office there was an impression that with the expectation of taking over as State President, Ramaphosa was already initiating steps towards a clean-up.

One knew, however, that he did...

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