Carol Paton Writer at Large

If it feels as if Cyril Ramaphosa is winning the ANC presidential race that is because he is. That is, he is winning among us, the general public. Research by Citzens’ Survey, which was publicised last week, confirms the widely held perception among the urban middle class and business classes: Ramaphosa is well ahead in the popularity stakes, leading Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with 43% of public support versus her 16%. In rural areas, Ramaphosa also leads, with 45% of Africans who intend to vote saying that he should lead the ANC, compared with 21% who side with Dlamini-Zuma. Since the branch nomination process began last month, journalists have tried totting up the scores of the two main candidates. The Mail & Guardian newspaper estimated on Friday that Ramaphosa already had more than twice the number of nominations of Dlamini-Zuma, with just under one-third of ANC branches having held their general meetings to make nominations.City Press newspaper looked at outcomes so far in KwaZulu-...

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