Observers and ANC insiders believe President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent blitz through KwaZulu-Natal is starting to turn the pendulum in his favour among the party’s structures in the province. Ramaphosa rose to power by edging Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with a slimmest of margins at the ANC’s national elective conference in December. A large portion of KwaZulu-Natal delegates voted in favour of her failed presidential bid. Soon after his victory, Ramaphosa’s team focused its attention on the province. In January he led the ANC’s leadership on a visit to Zulu king’s palace. His next move was to launch his Thuma Mina campaign in KwaDukuza. He has been to eThekwini several times, including a visit to the Chatsworth Indian community, who were deeply concerned about the rising level of crime in the area. More recently, he was in the ANC’s Musa Dladla region — former president Jacob Zuma’s own backyard. Professor Bheki Mngomezulu, a political scientist at the University of Western Cape, said Ra...

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