Can Cyril fix the Zuma rot? The doubts mount

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Can Cyril fix the Zuma rot? The doubts mount

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will celebrate – or mourn – two years as ANC president in a few days’ time. In February 2020 he will also celebrate two years as president of our fine republic. It seems like such a long time ago when he ascended to the presidency with a nation’s collective optimism buoying him up. The rand strengthened to R12 to the dollar!

Ramaphosa is now a man who is haunted by negative sentiment. He is stalked by a phenomenon that plagues foreign investors, his own friends and comrades, and ordinary South Africans alike: they still doubt his ability to deliver.

Two years after his narrow win at the ANC’s Nasrec Conference in Johannesburg, it is still unclear to many whether he has won over the many forces within his own party that want to perpetuate the ruinous Jacob Zuma era, or whether he is flailing. Wherever one turns these days, the doubts that prevailed before Zuma left and after he was pushed out still remain...

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