A little-known clause in the ANC constitution may prove to be Cyril Ramphosa's saving grace. The new ANC president may have been dealt a bad hand with the people elected alongside him, but one of them could become his right-hand man and enforcer in the top six. That man is not his deputy, David Mabuza, but the new national chairman, Gwede Mantashe. Under the powers and duties of ANC officials, the ANC constitution states that the national chairperson shall "remain the custodian of the policies adopted and decisions taken by the national conference and national general council and ensure that all organs of the ANC implement decisions taken by the national conference, national general council, national executive committee and the national working committee, and operate within the parameters of policy set out by the national conference, NGC and the NEC". It is no wonder that Mantashe looked like the cat that ate the canary at the closing session of the national conference in the early ...

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