City Press, the quality and highly readable Sunday newspaper in the Naspers/New24 grouping, has made something of a speciality this past year or so of tracking the thoroughly scary manoeuvrings of mainly anonymous people in the Jacob Zuma camp inside the ANC and their apparently unrelenting attempts to unseat President Cyril Ramaphosa, first as leader of the ANC and to then arrange Zuma’s recall as head of state. A successor to Ramaphosa never arises in the stories, which now appear pretty much every week on the front page of the paper. Zuma coming back to rule the party would be highly unlikely, even though the party’s constitution would allow it. But he cannot serve as president again, having had two terms, and the ANC abhors the so-called “two centres of power” situation where the party and the state are run by different individuals. In theory, the party sends its president to form and run the government, according to party instructions. It has been the party’s highest decision-m...

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