When Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC deputy president on December 18 2012, he inherited a number of responsibilities. One them was to head the ANC’s deployment committee — the in-house party structure dedicated to selecting ANC cadres for positions in the public service, parastatals and even the private sector. It was a position he held until he was elected ANC president on 18 December 2017. Between December 2012 and December 2017, a great many appointments were made by the ANC to a great many critically important positions, and a significant number of them were catastrophically bad. But Ramaphosa seems to have escaped any and all responsibility for his role in the systematic hollowing out of the state under Jacob Zuma. This piece constitutes a brief overview of the role he played and a critical appraisal of some of the high-profile appointments the ANC made during Ramaphosa’s tenure as ANC deputy president. But first, some background. Bypassing the constitution SA’s constitution is...

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