President Cyril Ramaphosa is having a terrific year. It started off with the ANC anniversary celebrations in East London in January where he took charge of the party after his election as its leader in December. He laid out his game plan, called for unity among the ANC faithful and made it clear that the country would be changing course. There was no doubt he was “the coming man”. A month later, former president Jacob Zuma’s power was decimated. After trying desperately to hold onto the presidency, he made a clumsy, undignified exit from office. Ramaphosa became SA’s fifth president on February 15 and, a day later, he delivered his first state of the nation address. The country embraced its new president and his message of hope and renewal. Since then, the sands have been shifting. Zuma was charged and is facing trial for corruption; the Guptas fled the country; Tom Moyane was suspended as the head of the Sars and faces disciplinary procedures; Shaun Abrahams left the National Prose...

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