It is often said leaders are defined by their times, not by their dreams, ambition or intentions. As he approaches the midpoint of his five-year presidency and the end of his first term as party leader, the time might have arrived for President Cyril Ramaphosa to re-evaluate his agenda and focus on the one dictated to by his times rather than his 2017 campaign.

In 2016, David Cameron, then British prime minister, called a referendum for the British people to decide whether they wanted to remain inside the EU or leave. Unwisely, they voted to leave...

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