President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise in his state of the nation address of a “new dawn” was a lofty one. Given the fractured leadership elected by the ANC at its 54th national conference at Nasrec in December, it was never going to be easy for Ramaphosa to pull together a party split down the middle. Even though he was elected president, some of those in the top six who backed him did so to further their own ambitions: think deputy president David Mabuza. Despite the mild personality Ramaphosa projects, his ascent to the highest office has certainly shaken up the country’s politics in 2018. His swearing-in as president has had a fascinating effect on his opponents in the ANC, with desperation, chaos and fear becoming the norm. Former president Jacob Zuma ruled by fear, but the fear this time around is decidedly different: it is the fear of transparency, the fear of being held to account for the first time in a decade and, frankly, the fear of orange overalls. Opposition parties have ...

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