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In the build-up to the delivery of his state of the nation address, the third in about 16 months, all eyes should have been on President Cyril Ramaphosa and his agenda for the next five years.

But he, or ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, made sure that this wouldn’t be the case. Before he had even uttered a word, his message was undermined. Instead, the country was left gasping for air and the names on people’s lips were those such as Mosebenzi Zwane, a Magashule protege and one of Jacob Zuma’s most notorious foot soldiers...

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