The Zuma flunkeys are bleeding out – so why is Cyril not acting?

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The Zuma flunkeys are bleeding out – so why is Cyril not acting?

The faction that may have blocked Ramaphosa’s reforms is scared and vulnerable, but new threats loom

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For the past two years the Jacob Zuma victimhood and fightback campaign has been blamed for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tentative approach to reforming the state, turning the economy around and taming the ANC. That kind of reasoning may now have to be permanently parked. Zuma’s cynical campaign has long run out of ideas. Now it is running out of steam.

There were just over 100 people who turned up on Saturday to “welcome” Zuma from his trip to Cuba allegedly to receive medical treatment. Zuma’s most enthusiastic supporter and occasional right-hand man, Carl Niehaus, had predicted that “thousands” would gather for the welcoming jamboree.

Instead, a pathetic group of supporters and handful of disgraced leaders – Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile “I will resign if Cyril wins” Masina, ANC Free State chairperson Sam Mashinini, former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and members of parliament Mosebenzi Zwane and Joe Maswanganyi – pitched up to welcome the corruption-accused Zuma back to SA...

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