Carol Paton Writer at Large

While the evidence suggests that Cyril Ramaphosa is leading Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the ANC presidential race, anything can still happen. In weekend reports, Team NDZ campaigners said CR17 had been fortunate to get its nominations in earlier, creating the impression that he was in the lead. With the outcome of KwaZulu-Natal still not clear, this is very likely to be true. In any event, it is unwise to count the votes before they are actually cast because delegates, who vote by secret ballot, could still be given incentives to change their minds once at the conference. So the advice from Business Day’s former editor and columnist Peter Bruce, that business should make a special effort to get to know Dlamini-Zuma in advance of the conference outcome, is good advice indeed. Some insight into what kind of a politician she is came this weekend when she held a crucial rally in Mpumalanga. (The most significant thing about the rally was that Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, who leads the...

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