Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascension to the presidency has injected a powerful dose of optimism into the veins of society. The sense of relief is palpable as weary citizens rejoice at the news that Jacob Zuma is out of office. The Hawks’s broken wings appear to have healed overnight, with the crime busters apparently tightening the net around the Gupta criminal network. Newly crowned President Ramaphosa’s inaugural state of the nation address further amplified the perception that the ANC has magically transformed into a paragon of morality, in which corruption will no longer be tolerated. The atmospherics of Ramaphosa’s speech, as well as the arrests of some Gupta-linked cronies accused of stealing R220m from impoverished farmers in the Free State, certainly do represent a breath of fresh air, although it is highly suspicious that the Hawks suddenly swooped in on the Guptas on the very same day that Ramaphosa was pressuring Zuma to resign. At least at this stage, Ramaphosa appears to be pers...

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