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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