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South Africa’s ruling ANC is more of a movement than a traditional political party. My favourite comes from an insider who described it as being like your favourite sports team – it’s totally acceptable to criticise the coach and the players, and even agitate publicly for their replacement. But even in the worst of times, you don’t switch support to another side. What that means for the efficient operation of a multi party democracy is a moot point. But it’s the right context in which to view August’s Municipal elections where a more likely threat to the ANC is a low turnout rather than mass swings to the opposition. It provides perspective also to the strongly worded statement from the ANC’s ally, the SA Communist Party, after its weekend get-together. The SACP’s position illustrates how, within the movement, voices against the worst of the Zuma Administration’s abuses have not fallen silent. And that despite many powerful members of the ANC wanting him gone, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is able to rely on the support of some strong partners. – Alec Hogg
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.