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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s credibility has been dented, putting his reform agenda in jeopardy

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s credibility has been dented, putting his reform agenda in jeopardy

SOUTH African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s business interests are threatening to derail his presidency and stall his economic and political reform agenda. Ramaphosa’s reform agenda has two elements. The first is an economic reconstruction and recovery plan. This includes his latest energy plan and restructuring of Eskom, the power utility, as well as infrastructure development. The second is to reunite the governing African National Congress (ANC) after his predecessor Jacob Zuma factionalised the party. Author DIRK KOTZE, Professor in Political Science, University of South Africa Both the economic and political reforms depend on his credibility and his success in overcoming resistance…
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Under threat of subpoena, S.Africa’s Ramaphosa responds to graft watchdog

Under threat of subpoena, S.Africa’s Ramaphosa responds to graft watchdog

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to questions from the anti-corruption watchdog over allegations of criminal wrongdoing related to a break-in at his farm, the ombudsman said, after saying it would issue a subpoena to compel him to do so. The Public Protector, a constitutionally mandated anti-graft office, is investigating whether Ramaphosa had violated the Executive Ethics Code. The president had sought an extension to submit the answers, which the watchdog denied, prompting it to say it would invoke its subpoena powers. In a brief statement, the watchdog confirmed it received Ramaphosa's responses but did not provide any further…
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Precarious power tilts towards Ramaphosa in battle inside South Africa’s governing party

Precarious power tilts towards Ramaphosa in battle inside South Africa’s governing party

IT appears, for the moment, that South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has won a key battle in the war for control of the governing African National Congress (ANC), of which he is also the head. SUSAN BOOYSEN, Research director at Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra), Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand This became apparent after a highly charged recent meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) – its highest decision-making body in between its five-yearly national conferences. The NEC brought a crucial tilt in the factional balance of power towards Ramaphosa. This matters because the…
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FW de Klerk: the last apartheid president was driven by pragmatism, not idealism

FW de Klerk: the last apartheid president was driven by pragmatism, not idealism

FEW recent historical figures in South Africa provoke more divergent views than Frederik Willem (FW) de Klerk. He was president of the country from 1989 to 1994. Some will remember him as the last white South African president who played a primary role in ending the brutal system of apartheid and preventing further bloodshed. But, many will remember him simply as the last white minority leader to preside over apartheid and the violence that upheld it. CHRISTI VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, Associate Professor, Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), Nelson Mandela University In recognition of his role in…
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‘We defeated an attempt to weaken, topple the state’

‘We defeated an attempt to weaken, topple the state’

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FLANKED by the chiefs of the military and police, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa presented a show of strength, power, and carried messages designed to restore the confidence of the nation in the government. The democratic state, he asserted in a special address to the nation, was tested by the unprecedented violence and looting, was found wanting but was able to regroup quickly, stabilize the country and restore peace and stability. The battle had been won but the war against the constitutional state was still on, he warned. Hours before the address, General Rudzani Maphanywa, Chief of…
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South Africa tightens COVID-19 restrictions

South Africa tightens COVID-19 restrictions

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER FACED with a steady rise in daily infections, South Africa has mildly tightened COVID-19 restrictions by moving the country to Lockdown Level Two, with reduced time for business and increased curfew period.  SA President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a special address to the nation, said the new restrictions were necessary to save lives and to ensure that hospitals were not overwhelmed. He said the need for tighter restrictions were based on sustained increase in new infections as well as a rise in the number of hospitalisations. “Delaying the spread of the virus is especially important now to allow…
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