Peter Bruce Editor-at-large & columnist

Cyril Ramaphosa has just executed the most clinical political transition imaginable. Jacob Zuma may have been playing games in these past few weeks, offering to introduce our Cyril to the leaders of the Brics and the African Union ("Some of them are my friends," he said, referring to Vladimir Putin), but he would never in his wildest dreams have imagined when Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lost the ANC leadership vote on December 20 that he had less than two months left in office.These are days of wonder, again, for South Africa. We have a second chance. We stopped just at the precipice. We have learnt lessons we will never forget about leaders. Whoever they are, including Ramaphosa. Still, it was hard not to be moved by his state of the nation address on Friday. "We are one people," he said, "committed to work together to find jobs for our youth; to build factories and roads, houses and clinics; to prepare our children for a world of change and progress; to build cities and towns where fam...

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