It does not take much for President Cyril Ramaphosa to be a crowd pleaser. Ramaphosa has been applauded for putting his detractors on notice, warning those in the ANC plotting in "dark corners" to desist. It was not expected that Ramaphosa would confront his comrades by commenting publicly on the Sunday Times reports that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule had secretly met with former president Jacob Zuma and a number of other disgruntled characters that want to reverse the outcome of the ANC’s December elective conference. But the president took the opportunity at Cosatu’s 13th congress, in the presence of a squirming Magashule and other ANC officials. He was characteristically polite in his swipe against the "plotters". "If there are any plots those plots should be directed at eradicating poverty and not playing marbles," he said. The ANC prefers to hide its dirty laundry, so for Ramaphosa to give credence to the reports appears to be a radical move. This came after Magashule pub...

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