With the DA facing the toughest test since its formation, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa sought to rally the troops, talking up unity and renewal at the party’s special national executive committee (NEC) meeting late last month.

The meeting came amid perceptions in broader society that Ramaphosa’s renewal project has stalled The economy is in the doldrums, there’s no movement by the National Prosecuting Authority to hold those responsible for state capture and corruption to account, and little to show for continued bailouts of state-owned entities.

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