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David "The Cat" Mabuza at first refuses to be sworn in as MP; the Nkandla man refuses to attend the presidential inauguration but dispatches his junior wife Bongi Ngema-Zuma to attend, public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane crosses swords with Pravin Gordhan, national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi calls the NPA a mess and Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane decline to serve as MPs, seemingly set to be reassigned to the ANC’s headquarters at Luthuli House. Phew! The litany of challenges facing President Cyril Ramaphosa seems endless. On the face of it, there is nothing wrong with experienced politicians of stature going to headquarters. The highly divided governing party needs some fixing. It will take experienced leaders to do the job. But Luthuli House abounds with people who are hostile to Ramaphosa. They include secretary-general Ace Magashule, his deputy, Jessie Duarte, Pule Mabe, Dakota Legoete and Carl Niehaus — Zuma loyalists, all of them. Right up to the day of...

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