Carol Paton Editor at Large

All of us — even those who will vote for the most sectarian party on the ballot, the Freedom Front Plus — need Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed. It is a fact that of all the actors on the political stage, Ramaphosa is uniquely placed right now to divert SA from its present trajectory. If the next five years in SA are going to be viable at all — insofar as the state and economy are sustainable and function reasonably well — we need Ramaphosa to steer us through it.  The question, though, is whether he can. To change the trajectory he will need to be a much stronger leader than he is now. It is not just a matter of some personnel changes and assembling an improved but still flawed cabinet. It means taking a hand in redirecting the ANC and the emerging elite away from its instincts, which are to feed off the state as the quickest route to personal wealth, without regard for the long-term consequences. It means reorienting the state and government — and therefore the governing party — towards...

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