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RW Johnson Considers Cyril Ramaphosa’s Future in the ANC

South Africa's Brave New WorldRW Johnson, author of South Africa’s Brave New World: The Beloved Country Since the End of Apartheid, has written an article for Politicsweb on the future of the ANC after its national conference in Mangaung.

Johnson argues that those who are optimistic about Cyril Ramaphosa’s involvement in the top tier of the party are not just naïve but fundamentally ignorant about the way the ANC operates:

Since the Mangaung conference of the ANC there has been a good deal of comment suggesting that the re-appearance of Cyril Ramaphosa in the top leadership offers a major chance of renewal in the party, especially since Gwede Mantashe has said Ramaphosa will effectively become the new prime minister.

Already there is a good deal of speculation of Ramaphosa even taking over as President just four years from now, in 2017, or even sooner, thanks to Zuma’s continuing legal difficulties. Such speculation, I would argue, is not only wishful and naïve but reveals a fundamental ignorance about the nature of ANC rule.

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