South Africa: Ramaphosa’s foes use his anti-graft rules to derail second-term bid

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:23

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to plant a ceremonial tree at the Taman Hutan Raya Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest, on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERS

The road to victory for Cyril Ramaphosa’s second presidential term at the ruling ANC’s elective conference next month is getting more tortuous by the day.

At the centre of Ramaphosa’s problems are the rules he promoted within the party to stamp out corruption. They were central to his plan to reform the ANC and its political culture after a decade of state capture and cases of grand corruption under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.