ROB ROSE: Busting the myth that Stellenbosch ‘controls' Ramaphosa
It would be comforting to think that in any overhaul of the political status quo, the people who’re roadblocks to economic progress will be sidelined. But this seems unlikely
The revelation that there are people in the ANC who genuinely believe Richemont chair Johann Rupert can “summon” President Cyril Ramaphosa, or “instruct” him to axe secretary-general Ace Magashule lest he lose his “financial support” is depressing enough.
But the fact that influential politicians are evidently in thrall to the idea that “Stellenbosch” — a town of various larger-than-life personalities with vastly differing views, allegiances and incentives — is secretly running the country shows how rudimentary some of their conspiracy theories really are...