Dressed in a blue jersey and red tie in an oak-furnished boardroom, Mathews Phosa commands the room as if he’s already president. "You’ve got a good story here," he says with a knowing smile, perhaps suggesting that it may be worth something after the ANC elective conference in December. Phosa has been touted as a possible candidate for ANC president when the nominations open next month, though he’s almost coy about admitting to throwing his hat into the ring. "When the nominations open in June, should I be nominated, I will stand," he says. Despite his carefully constructed response, Phosa has been vocal in the past few weeks, and it’s clear he’s on the campaign trail. He’s been on television, given the keynote address at an ANC exhibition and even blogged for Huffington Post SA — never failing to throw in a quip about the country’s current leadership. His strategy is simple — out with the new and in with the old — and he reminisces about the good old days when Nelson Mandela and T...

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