When President Cyril Ramaphosa took power in 2018, much was expected of him. He dithered. The reason, we were told, was that he was trying to unite the ANC, to bring in former president Jacob Zuma’s support base, before he could fire the many lame ducks who dominated his cabinet.

Six years later he has been thoroughly punished by the electorate for his dithering and his failure to resuscitate and invigorate the economy...

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