Can Ramaphosa turn the tide of poverty in South Africa?

Can Ramaphosa turn the tide of poverty in South Africa?

After 25 years of ANC rule, the material circumstances of the country’s black population have hardly changed

I found the phone number again in an old notebook, under Cosatu House, Johannesburg, Cyril Ramaphosa. Back in the 1980s when I first interviewed Ramaphosa, he was leading the South African miners’ trade union. He is now South Africa’s new president, the man who has taken the poisoned chalice from the scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma as the ANC’s political crisis deepens. I recall him as a gentle person, studious and helpful. He spoke in a soft whisper and, in his old baggy cords, sandals and sweat-shirt, seemed more like a Zen Buddhist than a revolutionary.

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