One of my grandmama’s favourite sayings was: "You need to be careful what you pray for, cause you just might get it." I don’t know whether Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as president of SA is what he prayed for, but whether he did or didn’t he’s got it. The question facing him and the country is, now that he’s got it, what’s he going to do with it? Another twist to that question folks have been asking me is Ramaphosa’s election good, bad, or irrelevant for SA? I believe that his election is a good thing. The main reason is the potential he has to restore a sense of trust in government. If a leader is going to lead a country like SA, with its many challenges and possibilities, people need to be able to trust that the leadership is working for them and not themselves. Restoring the people’s trust is critical. Ramaphosa’s expressed commitment to clean up corruption is an important first step. But it is not enough to talk the talk, he has to walk the walk. Because he was a successful busine...

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