President Cyril Ramaphosa's claim that he has appointed a "transitional cabinet" is a rather strange explanation for his inclusion of questionable people in the executive. Is this a trial run or a holding pattern? Perhaps it is a social experiment to see if some of the degenerates in the executive will miraculously reinvent themselves and make their not-so-smallanyana skeletons disappear in the glow of the "new dawn". Maybe the president thinks that because he has pacified the main ANC factions, he will be allowed to appoint the people he really wants after next year's elections.But because Ramaphosa allowed David Mabuza and Gwede Mantashe et al to dictate and veto his choices, he has opened the door to a communal presidency. This might be difficult to undo. If Mantashe and Jessie Duarte resent Mcebisi Jonas for standing up on his own to expose state capture, thus becoming the darling of civil society, that will not change in a year's time. Ramaphosa might find himself in the positi...

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