Eusebius McKaiser Discusses the Dual Nature of the New ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
In his latest column for News24, Eusebius McKaiser, author of A Bantu in My Bathroom, unpacks the impact the election of Cyril Ramaphosa to deputy president of the ANC has made.
McKaiser says that Ramaphosa “represents the ideological tensions at the heart of alliance politics” and thats no one knows which Ramaphosa the country is going to get: the hero of the poor, a man who symbolises compromise, or the darling of the corporate sector?
Reaction to Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as deputy president of the African National Congress is absolutely fascinating. Those of a more business bent think they have a shot now of more faithful ruling party commitment to business friendly policies. ANC comrades who remember Ramaphosa in the workers’ trenches imagine he will remain a friend of the poor. Still others, recalling Ramaphosa the negotiator, imagine he will help various stakeholders in society play nicely with each other.
- A Bantu in My Bathroom: Debating Race, Sexuality and Other Uncomfortable South African Topics by Eusebius McKaiser
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