President Cyril Ramaphosa cuts a series of curious contradictions: a unionist and a businessman, a capitalist who believes in state centralism, a president no less, and yet a man who describes the ANC secretary-general as his “boss” — many other political paradoxes besides.

Of them all, however, perhaps the most frustrating is the idea that he is a reformer and yet, on everything that matters — of which the economy is pre-eminent — he seems to have pledged himself to ANC fundamentals, the very source of the destruction wrought.

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