Maybe, just maybe, we can now suspend disbelief in Cyril’s new dawn
There’s a small chance that history will record that the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa began this week
It was “just a matter of five years” until the Ramaphosa faction could be removed, Ace Magashule told his supporters in 2018. On Wednesday afternoon it turned out he was wrong on both counts: it was three years, and the man being hurried off the stage was Magashule himself.
For some time now the president has been asking us to “watch this space”, a request that has felt increasingly insulting as we continued to watch a space that seemed to contain nothing but hot air, the relentless mediocrity and wastefulness of our ruling cabal, and the slow withering of hope.
Now, however, something else has appeared in the space before us, something large, unprecedented and genuinely remarkable: the suspension of the ANC’s third-most powerful member because of his alleged links to corruption...