The war for the soul of the ANC is now being fought. Ramaphosa has indicated he’s prepared to get into the cage with Zuma and take off the gloves, which can only be good for the country. If the ANC’s policy conference provided one clear signal, it is that Cyril Ramaphosa is now the front runner to succeed SA’s hopelessly compromised leader, Jacob Zuma. The policy conference, while a disappointment for those expecting fireworks, did deliver on one key aspect: it illustrated starkly that the fightback against Zuma’s shadow state of patronage-based politics is most certainly on. This week, in an interview with the Financial Mail to outline his views on the economy, Ramaphosa said those who argue that the policy conference provided nothing concrete are misguided. “For the first time in many of the conferences I’ve attended, the economic discussions were in depth and focused on what needs to be done at a practical level, and not just a broad theoretical level,” he says. While he says pre...

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