Peter Bruce Editor-at-large & columnist

Almost as sure as night follows day, President Jacob Zuma will not be delivering the state of the nation address in February. Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory as the new ANC president virtually guarantees that Zuma will be gone soon. He is by any standards an electoral liability. Even had Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma won, there was general agreement in the party that Zuma would have to vacate the Union Buildings quickly. It doesn’t matter that the new national executive committee might be divided. Ramaphosa would have no trouble persuading it, should he need to, to recall the sitting president. Zuma is history. Talk of how Ramaphosa is "hemmed in" by the Zuma faction is babble from people who don’t appreciate how much leaders matter in our politics. Zuma will soon be gone. But because of the narrow vote (with a recount threatened for the position of secretary-general) Ramaphosa will try his utmost to hold the party together. Any political leader would. He will become head of state when Zuma goes...

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