12.14 ----- Put those silly season trinkets away and pay attention. This just in: Cosatu has thrown its weight behind Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma as president of the ANC - and therefore of the country. This is big because it gives Ramaphosa a national constituency and the backing of  the most organised - albeit fading - formation inside the ANC tent. Cosatu offers him the capacity to lobby and influence the ANC at branch level, a crucial stepping stone to winning at an ANC conference. It also suggests that the Marikana ghost, which has haunted him since he was accused of backing the police action against strikers, has finally been laid to rest. This from Natasha Marrian's story on BusinessLIVE: The endorsement of Ramaphosa has been a long time coming with most Cosatu unions long lobbying for the federation to take a position and publicly announce it. The move is a blow for President Jacob Zuma and his allies who are pushing for AU commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zu...

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