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Reading between the lines: The Ramaphosa narrative unfolds


   19 January 2018   l   Johnny Masilela    l   Views: 85   l   35 days ago  

 


Incoming ANC secretary-general, Ace Magashule, is well-documented as an uncompromising Jacob Zuma apologist.

The Free State Premier featured prominently on the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma slate ahead of the ANC December elective conference, and has also been linked to the controversial Gupta family.

Emerging from the conclusion of the elective conference, Magashule, stood in front of local and foreign media, to answer the million-comrade question: two centres of power?

With his signature arrogance, Magashule narrowed his eyes, and dared there was no such thing as two centres of power in the ANC; that Luthuli House (read Ramaphosa) was the only centre of power.

And this coming from a man who just over a month ago sang in the “President Zuma is going nowhere” chorus?

An acquaintance of mine, someone with very close proximity to the new ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), has confided to me that the Zuma faction (or the little left of it) was furious with incoming ANC deputy president, David Mabuza.

It has been widely reported that Mabuza betrayed the NDZ faction at the last minute, instructing his huge contingent from Mpumalanga to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa.

The trick, my acquaintance tells me, was that Mabuza desired very badly to become deputy president of the ANC, and by extension the organisation’s face at the end of Ramaphosa’s tenure.

Dare I emphasize that Mabuza was the strongman of the now collapsed so-called Premier League, which was at the coalface of resisting attempts to remove Zuma.

With this in mind, certain innuendos have emerged from Ramaphosa’s inaugural speech, which should make Zuma a very worried man, indeed.

Ramaphosa told thousands of ANC supporters — who booed Zuma until he was black, green and gold in the face — those who stole money from the poor were “known” and would be dealt with.

Who are these “known” people? Zuma, his billionaire son Duduzane, the Guptas or even deployees cascading down to the Waterberg and local government?

Be afraid, comrades, very afraid.

Then the masterstroke: “Anyone who will stand in the way of the implementation of ANC policies, we will push you out of the way because right now we are determined to work hard for the interest of our people. We are not working for a few people, we are not working for a few families.”

As for me and you, John Citizen, I think Ramaphosa’s march to power had benefited us directly, in terms of the strength of the rand and the subsequent reduction in the price of fuel.

It is clearly becoming a promising year on many fronts, such as the World Bank having raised South Africa’s growth forecast from 0,8% in 2017, to 1,1% for the year 2018.

As for those with their hands in the till, pack extra socks and underwear, for orange overalls are creeping and crawling under your desk.

  • Johnny Masilela is the editor of Die Pos/The Post’s sister publication, The Beat, and author of the novel We Shall Not Weep (Kwela Books), available at PNA at Bela-Bela and Oude Werf Antiques and Décor at Modimolle.

 


 

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