Carol Paton Writer at Large

Cyril Ramaphosa should beware: he is being pushed ever closer to a postelection EFF alliance. If that were to happen it would put the Zuma fightback camp back in business in municipal councils across the country. It would be disastrous for his project to set SA back on the path of good governance. For the rest of us it could mean another lost decade of growth and an overall decline in prosperity. To stop it the ANC needs to put clear blue water between itself and the EFF. It needs to tell voters that the EFF’s policies will be disastrous for SA. Ramaphosa also needs to protect Pravin Gordhan from further attack. At the moment, it seems as if Gordhan — the champion of the clean-up — is being hung out to dry. The attack on Gordhan is now in full flight. The political temperature and tempo have ratcheted up since the Zondo commission began sitting. The EFF is leading from the front, with two complaints against him last week with the public protector — one claiming he lied in 2016 when ...

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