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The words had hardly left Ramaphosa’s mouth that Eskom would be unbundled or restructured and split into three entities when Cosatu and the SACP staged largely ignored marches across the country to tell him that he must not touch the beleaguered state-owned enterprise’s bloated staff.

The greatest threat to Cyril Ramaphosa’s reform agenda is of course the unfolding full-on project launched by the state capture crowd to unseat him from within the ANC. This is because they know that his success means they all end up in jail. They will do anything to stymie him and get rid of him. And they are trying. Hard. The threat that is a close second to his agenda is the fact that the ANC cannot make a decision and implement it without its allies — the trade unions and the hapless and ineffectual SACP (Jacob Zuma’s former power base) — forcing the party to essentially not implement necessary measures to turn the economy around. We saw that reality play out last week. The words had hardly left Ramaphosa’s mouth that Eskom would be unbundled or restructured and split into three entities when Cosatu and the SACP staged largely ignored marches across the country to tell him that he must not touch the beleaguered state-owned enterprise’s bloated staff. The march happened as the ec...

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