Last week one of SA’s leading political analysts asked aloud in a note to his clients whether Cyril Ramaphosa had the desire to continue being president. It is a question worth asking.  

Five years ago, when he took office, it is improbable that Ramaphosa imagined the job to be even half as hard as it became. He believed the crux of his leadership was the matter of who to appoint to key institutions. Choose a scrupulous lawyer to head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Ramaphosa himself could sit back and watch while the justice system took care of corruption in the ANC. Choose a visionary to run Eskom, and electricity reform could continue apace. Choose a rigorous technocrat to run the SA Revenue Service (Sars), and the damage Tom Moyane did could be undone. ..

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