“Turbulence” ... that is how this newspaper’s cartoonist, Brandan, succinctly characterised President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fate. The cartoon, published last Sunday, shows Ramaphosa trying to light a candle of hope while his colleagues in the governing ANC — secretary-general Ace Magashule, his deputy Jessie Duarte, trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel, mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe and communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams — do their best to extinguish it. 

This followed last Thursday’s state of the nation address by Ramaphosa, in which he sought to provide an upbeat account of how his administration had fared in weathering the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it plans to engineer a quick economic rebound through reforms...

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