SA’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa is presently receiving numerous plaudits on how he’s handling the transition from the troubled Jacob Zuma presidency. Zuma’s generals have been scattered, his underlings fleeing the battlefield. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, against whom Ramaphosa fought for the leadership and under whose wing Zuma thought he would be able to shelter had she won, has been brought into the Cabinet and safely neutralised. The ousting of Zuma has also had a dramatic impact on the major opposition parties. Both the DA and EFF have been deprived of their strongest electoral attraction. The DA is now in a state of major disarray, attempting to resolve its various internal squabbles. For the moment, at least, it seems to be heading towards a bloody nose at the 2019 election. The EFF has played the brief post-Zuma moment more skillfully, most notably by getting the ANC to back its motion in Parliament, albeit with amendments, in favour of expropriation of land without compensati...

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