The Cat has been dispatched to resolve the ANC’s thorny problem of the return of the North West’s Black Jesus. Deputy President David Mabuza, who infamously declared that “the cat is back” after his return from a lengthy illness during his tenure as Mpumalanga premier, is heading up a “rapid response team” to deal with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s opponent in the North West. While Ramaphosa has his hands full as president — mainly preventing an economic meltdown brought on by Eskom’s financial crisis — he still has to keep, and strengthen, his grip on the ANC. This is where the biggest risk to his presidency lurks as desperation sets in among those who sought to loot the state with impunity under former president Jacob Zuma. On Wednesday the High Court in Pretoria reversed an ANC national executive committee (NEC) decision to disband the North West leadership, presided over by Supra Mahumapelo, once fondly described by his supporters as the “Black Jesus”. The judgment in effect gave ...

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