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Allister Sparks Muses on Cyril Ramaphosa’s Possible Contribution to SA Politics

TutuAllister Sparks, author of Tutu, has written about the role Cyril Ramaphosa will play in the country as part of the current ANC leadership. Sparks says he endorses Ramaphosa, and has always seen him as a “de facto prime minister” of the country.

Sparks examines the socio-economic climate into which Ramaphosa has re-entered political life. He says it may well be Ramaphosa’s moment to shine, unless he too gets dragged into the mess the party is in, which seems to be created mostly by President Jacob Zuma.

Countries supposedly get the governments they deserve, but I’m not sure that old maxim is true of South Africa at the moment.

Yes, I’m pleased that the Mangaung conference brought Cyril Ramaphosa back into politics in a role I believe he is capable of performing successfully. But I’m doubtful about the way President Jacob Zuma achieved such a landslide victory after such a tainted first term, the stain of which may blot what could otherwise be a great recovery phase.

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