Peter Bruce Columnist

I got an honourable, but gentle, mention on the radio this week from the host of the Eusebius McKaiser show. Apparently I am way too starry-eyed about Cyril Ramaphosa winning the presidency of the ANC. I’m a liberal kumbaya columnist. I just don’t appreciate how complex it all is. I don’t get the nuances. I don’t appreciate that while Ramaphosa is the new party president, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s slate won the election. I don’t appreciate how hemmed in he is. I don’t appreciate how hard it’s going to be if the new national executive committee (NEC) reflects the same successes for Dlamini-Zuma’s slate as the leadership election did. I don’t appreciate how hard it is going to be to recall President Jacob Zuma. There’s a lot of complexity about. Some real, some not so real. There are even stories emerging from experts about how Ramaphosa might be "recalled" by the party that just elected him. How? He has to be head of state before he can be recalled. As I write, the NEC election result...

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