The 2019 general elections have finally passed us by and delivered the predictable outcomes. Cyril Ramaphosa will continue as president of the country, and as the man with the mandate to steer the country’s fortunes over the next five years he will be both reviled and revered. How the pendulum swings between those two extremes will define his legacy. While the plethora of problems Ramaphosa faces are well known, the civil war in the ANC that is already playing out on Twitter is the type of distraction he can do without. Its relevance is that it already signals that his term of office will be more difficult than that of his immediate predecessors. As the man at the helm of the governing party and state he has the dual task of establishing himself as the type of statesman whose custodianship over the country will merit a second term, and ensuring his primary political backers — members of the ANC — continue to believe in him enough to present him as the candidate of choice to the elec...

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