President Cyril Ramaphosa is as powerful today as he was the day before his nemesis, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, was suspended. The suspension has not strengthened Ramaphosa any more than it has dealt with corruption. The neutralisation of Magashule is not and will never be a panacea for the ANC’s integrity woes.

The idea that Ramaphosa has gained control of the party and its future is a parochial wish rooted in nothing more than naively believing in the myth that there is a good ANC and a bad ANC, and that the good ANC has triumphed over the bad. There is, unfortunately, just one ANC, and for this reason there is no “renewal” happening in the ANC...

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