Combrie Singo is willing to offer one last chance, she says with a laugh, but if she is let down again “I’m going to divorce”. It is not her husband that the 58-year-old has on her mind — but the ruling ANC of Cyril Ramaphosa. When South Africans go to the polls next week, Ramaphosa, who wrested power from Jacob Zuma in 2018, will for the first time be the figurehead of the ANC in national elections. The contest is the most competitive since the advent of democracy 25 years ago and Ramaphosa, 66, is in a precarious position, battling to prove to voters that he represents a break with the ANC’s past rather than being a creature of it. “I’m going to give him a chance, because I believe in him,” says Singo, a civil servant from the Chiawelo suburb of Soweto, a vast township outside Johannesburg. “I’m giving the ANC the last chance. These past nine to 10 years, it was bad.” Once wedded to the ANC, the country’s black majority such as Singo were alienated by its descent into epic corrupt...

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