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Any doubts I had about the massive challenges facing Cyril Ramaphosa as he seeks to impose himself on the ANC and get on with the job of fixing the economy quickly evaporated with the sight of one newspaper headline on Friday. The Mail & Guardian had a picture of the president with the rather provocative headline "Illegitimate president". It was just the latest in a series of articles detailing the factional battles in the ANC since the national conference in Nasrec, where Ramaphosa triumphed by the tiniest of majorities. Then there’s Jacob Zuma, who seems determined not to follow in former president Thabo Mbeki’s footsteps and step away quietly after his recall by the governing party. Just in case there was any lingering complacency, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan warned last week that agents and architects of so-called state capture were fighting back and determined to get rid of the "good guys". It doesn’t take too much imagination to work out who he was talking about...

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