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Amanda Patterson
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Quotable - Bernard Malamud, born 26 April 1914, died 18 March 1986. Read more here:

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Yes, I am ready. If you're not, you need to get ready for this. 2019 is coming and Zuma and his cronies have destroyed the ANC.

Prince Mashele writes: 'There is no doubt that the DA and the EFF will increase their share of the vote at the expense of the ANC.

Surreal as it may sound, we are most likely to have Mmusi Maimane as president, and Julius Malema as his deputy. This would mark the closure of a long political chapter in SA's history, and would inaugurate a new era.

A week before the 2016 municipal elections, this columnist participated in a public debate with Solly Msimanga and addressed him as Mr Mayor.
Everyone in the audience laughed, including Msimanga himself. Did it happen or not? [It did. We now have Mayor Tshepiso Msimanga]

Once the ANC is out of power, it will never come back. It would be the end of its life. Its senior leaders would resign from politics en masse, and the younger ones would fight over the remains. Look at the ANC in Western Cape. There is no party left there.

It is obvious that both the DA and EFF have better, younger leaders. The future is bright for these parties.

Most of the ANC's young leaders in government have been corrupted beyond repair. Malusi Gigaba is deep in the pockets of the Guptas. Collen Maine is a joke.

What, then, must happen between now and 2019? South Africans must prepare themselves psychologically for big political changes.

Both the DA and the EFF must attract South Africans of formidable credibility and technical competence in order to convince the rest of society that these two parties are ready to govern.

However you look at it, SA is opening a new political page. It is history in the making.'

#ZumaMustGo #SaveSouthAfrica

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WHat does not kill you...

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Ranjeni Munusamy describes how Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa made his stand against the Zuma contagion on Sunday.

She writes: 'Ramaphosa decried patronage, factionalism, vote-buying and gatekeeping in the ANC.

...Without mentioning the Guptas by name, Ramaphosa referred to the allegations against them.

“The allegations that there are private individuals who exercise undue influence over state appointments and procurement decisions should be a matter of grave concern to the movement. These practices threaten the integrity of the state, undermine our economic progress and diminish our ability to change the lives of the poor,” Ramaphosa said.

“It is, therefore, critical that the allegations of state capture are put to rest, that wrongdoing is exposed and that illicit practices are brought to an end. The ANC should support the establishment of an effective, credible mechanism to investigate these claims.”

Going off script, Ramaphosa said: “We know there is an elephant in the room, but we don’t want to talk about it.”

“I support a judicial commission of inquiry. It is possibly the only process that will be able to get to the bottom of these allegations and determine the truthfulness or lack thereof,” he said.

This is no ordinary statement.

A judicial commission of inquiry was the remedial action proposed by Zuma’s nemesis, former public protector Thuli Madonsela, in her “State of Capture” report. The president, who is implicated in this report, has taken it on review. Madonsela proposed that the Chief Justice appoint the judge who presides over the inquiry, which Zuma also feels is an affront to him.

But it goes further. The ANC national executive committee (NEC) initially mandated the office of the secretary-general to investigate the allegations of state capture after Jonas and others revealed the improper approaches made to them by the Guptas. Zuma and his supporters then managed to strong-arm the NEC to shut down that investigation, leaving the allegations hanging.

Ramaphosa’s unexpected call for a judicial commission, which the SACP has been lobbying for, re-opens the discussion. During his speech, he also joked about Jonas probably being fired because he turned down the money and position offered to him.

The offer to Jonas was made by the Guptas. He was fired by Zuma. Ramaphosa is publicly making the link of an improper relationship between Zuma and the Guptas.

Ramaphosa wound down his speech warning his party about the inherent danger of them losing power. He said those who were now marching against the ANC represented important constituencies that they should be engaging to bring about change.

“The ANC was an effective mobiliser… Today those forces that were with us are being mobilised against us. That can’t be correct. We seem to be pushing many important constituencies away from us. Now we have the uncomfortable situation where a broad front is consolidating against us. Why have people turned against us?”

For the first time, Ramaphosa is putting clear distance between him and the president. His statements and the unofficial launch of his campaign are bound to draw a counterattack from the Zuma camp in the coming days. Until now, the premier league leaders, the ANC Youth League, ANC Women’s League, and Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association have not been able to attack him directly as he had not said or done anything to show he would be messing with their plans to anoint Zuma’s successor.

Now he has and the dogs of war will be set on him.

All Ramaphosa need do is not backtrack. There is bound to be a major fight when the NEC meets in May – and possibly at the national working committee meetings before them. If Ramaphosa is able to hold the line, his supporters will be able to run his campaign on the ground.

But Ramaphosa probably knows what he is in for judging by the quote from Hani he chose to end his speech with:

“I’ve never wanted to spare myself because I feel there are people who are no longer around and died for this struggle. What right do I have to hold back, to rest, to preserve my health, to have time with my family, when there are other people who are no longer alive – when they sacrificed what is precious: namely life itself.”

And that, essentially, was the choice: to preserve himself or be president. On Sunday, Cyril Ramaphosa decided to run for president. '

#ZumaMustGo #SaveSouthAfrica
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