The rebirth of an eagle: this is the image President Cyril Ramaphosa conjured up on the campaign trail towards the ANC’s Nasrec conference in 2017, to describe the coming renewal of the governing party.

The legend goes that once an eagle reaches old age and finds it can no longer catch prey and feed itself, Ramaphosa told Raymond Zondo’s commission of inquiry into state capture last week, it withdraws and ascends to the highest peak of a mountain...

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