Cyril is like a headless chicken, and his ANC enemies smell blood

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Cyril is like a headless chicken, and his ANC enemies smell blood

While he tries to solve Zuma’s messes and put out fires, the likes of Mabuza and Sisulu are readying an assault

Columnist

At the heart of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision not to attend this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is the realisation that he is running out of time, out of allies and perhaps out of ideas.

Even worse for him, key power brokers in the ANC no longer see him as someone who will serve two terms as party or state president. They sense his weakness and they are circling him. They believe that he is walking his last mile and they are jostling for position.

No one is watching her, but human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu is building a powerful body of people around her who have the experience to propel an ANC candidate to power. News that she has appointed former intelligence head Mo Shaik and former national prosecutions boss Menzi Simelane as advisers should not be ignored. Shaik was one of the key people who brought Jacob Zuma to power...

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