There’s no single fix for SA ... and Cyril has only a single term

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There’s no single fix for SA ... and Cyril has only a single term

Even the second term as party president is now a highly contested space, so this is Ramaphosa’s five-year ticket

Ron Derby

At best, an ANC president has no more than eight years as state president. A precedent has been set within that party from its recall of former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. 

There’s no 10-year term limit for any leader of the governing party, as there is for the state president. But even the second term as party president is now a highly contested space, and I’d imagine no longer a guarantee. Given the divisions within the ANC it would be near impossible to align the party’s elective conference to that of national polls because it would in practice mean extending the reign of its president for a further two years. God forbid.

So there’s a fair chance it will be a five-year ticket for Cyril Ramaphosa, especially now that the soul of the party has been torn even more comprehensively than in 2005, when then deputy president Jacob Zuma was fired. If re-election is achieved, the minute Ramaphosa leaves the podium the succession race will be on...

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