Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa have a common enemy — time. Ramaphosa is running out of it. For Dlamini-Zuma, the problem is that the next two months may be the longest eight weeks of her political life. While she is still the frontrunner in my view, she is losing momentum. The momentum is shifting towards Ramaphosa in part because her strength — support from President Jacob Zuma, the Premier League, women’s league and the youth league — is also her main weakness. These forces are discredited in the eyes of too many inside and outside the governing party. As I have said before, the Zuma faction has become a metaphor for state capture as well as all things venal and corrupt in the state. Like a solar eclipse, the Zuma faction is casting a dark shadow over Dlamini-Zuma and the image crisis of the Zuma faction has become her own. Another challenge facing Dlamini-Zuma is the fact that the Zuma faction is no longer a monolith. Cracks have started appearing within each of the c...

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