This time next week the ANC will be on its way to a split or electoral defeat in 2019. Next week, one of the leading candidates in the presidential race, President Jacob Zuma, will hand over to either Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.If Ramaphosa — who played a heroic role the night the ANC decided to recall Thabo Mbeki as head of state — does not inherit the crown from Zuma, he will either have to vacate his office in the Union Buildings voluntarily or be thrown out of the window by the president. If most newsrooms and talk show hosts are anything to go by, Ramaphosa does not even have to attend the national conference of the governing party because it is a foregone conclusion that Dlamini-Zuma is Bafana Bafana. She will see a lot of the ball but will not score enough goals against Ramaphosa, the Manchester City of the presidential race. If I were a Ramaphosa defender, I would keep my concentration to avoid conceding a goal in the 90th minute. In fact, nei...

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