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Cyril Ramaphosa has won the ANC presidency but to do it, he made a deal with the devil. In a cruel twist, the man who was never acceptable to his backers — Mpumalanga premier DD Mabuza — has also won big and will be at his side. Mabuza now stands in line for the ANC presidency and, if the ANC survives long enough, could one day be president of the country.

Others who are deeply compromised by the state-capture scandal – Free State Premier Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte – also took their place at the top table. When the commission of inquiry into state capture finally happens, both these leaders will be implicated. Magashule in particular could face criminal charges. The result of the elections at the party’s national conference on Monday will be more of the same: for the past five years, the ANC top six has been split equally in two. The split has resulted effectively in paralysis, and the party stood by while its president abused his power time and a...

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