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The election of Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC president has opened a window that was fast closing for the party to retain power in 2019. It has pleased several sectors of society and was met with jubilation across SA and abroad. The markets reacted well, with the rand strengthening to its best level in months. But whether this outcome will ensure the ANC is not relegated to the opposition benches in Parliament in 2019 depends on what Ramaphosa does with his newfound power between now and the general elections. It was clear from the ANC presidential campaign that the approach to state capture and the economy were the major differences between the two camps now represented in the national executive committee (NEC). The real test of Ramaphosa’s courage will be what he will do about it — starting in the top leadership of his party where there are people who are implicated  in wrongdoing.

The ANC has lost credibility in a big way after they were seen defending Zuma against all ...

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