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The upshot of the weekend’s political reporting seems to be that Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledges that he is negotiating an exit from the Union Buildings for President Jacob Zuma. And that Zuma is negotiating back, asking for an interim president, not Ramaphosa as the new head of the ANC, to replace him. That interim appointment would be Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says Zuma. She is the mother of four of his children and lost to Ramaphosa in the ANC leadership race last month. Ramaphosa is not best pleased with this idea, naturally, and it has been rejected, as have Zuma’s suggestions that some of his close allies remain in cabinet. No to that too. So what then? There’s pressure on both Ramaphosa and Zuma. Zuma knows he has to go and that the more difficult he makes it all, the more difficult life will be for the allies he wants to keep on their feet. Ramaphosa knows he has to get rid of Zuma and calculates, I would reckon, about three or four times a minute about how to do that. This is no...

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