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The ANC’s "breaking up is hard to do" political routine has come back to bite President Cyril Ramaphosa in the back. If the president is surprised that the now-loose faction around former president Jacob Zuma is plotting to oust him, he is hopelessly naive. The unity narrative has been twisted to the benefit of the faction who were hellbent on selling the state to the highest bidder. The disclosure in the Sunday Times of a plot to oust Ramaphosa — which was denied by its participants, mainly ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule — shows that the ANC’s new leadership has underestimated the desperation of a group of leaders who are heading for jail time if they do not disrupt the current, tenuous balance of forces in the party and the country. This is the same group that is now using Ramaphosa’s unity narrative as a shield, as it bides its time to disrupt the status quo. However, where did the "unity" narrative emanate from and what was its intention? It was not to shield those at the c...

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