What an enormous relief. SA has, once again, skated on the edge of the abyss and, once again, drawn back from the brink but not before flirting with disaster, once again. Hearty congratulations are due to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who has pulled off a stunning victory to become ANC president in enormously difficult circumstances. The people of SA have been waiting restlessly and fretfully for this moment. The country desperately needs a distinct signal that the ANC and the government will turn away from noxious panhandlers and dissolute governance that has been the singular characteristic of the administration of President Jacob Zuma. For the ANC itself this was a testing moment and the party emerged with some, but not total, credit. The party has elected the leader most capable of bringing together the frayed strands of its broad church. It has elected the candidate who most visibly and decisively campaigned against corruption. It has elected the candidate of reason and mode...

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