20 June 2019

South Africa: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man - Time for Ramaphosa to Be Clear and Resolute

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As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to deliver his State of the Nation Address, he has one big advantage over his factional enemies in the ANC: HE is the president. He can command attention like no other person, and this is a grand occasion. He has almost a captive audience -- even those that don't necessarily enjoy politics may well be watching just to see what he says, and how those in red react.

On Thursday evening, 20 June 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa will stand at the podium in the National Assembly and offer up his third State of the Nation Address. It is supposed to be a grand moment, one that has been tarnished over the past few years for various political reasons.

It is clear that any momentum Ramaphosa had built up over the past few months has all but disappeared. This is a big opportunity for him to re-direct the narrative, to almost dictate the terms of engagement. The economy, state-owned entities, and of course Eskom, all need direction which only he can provide. But he appears hemmed in, tied down, surrounded by foes within the ANC. This may be his one last chance to break free of...

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