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South Africa: Ramaphosa is winning the battle but still fighting the war

By Anna Maree
Posted on Friday, 30 April 2021 16:34, updated on Sunday, 2 May 2021 22:55

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appears on behalf of the ruling African National Congress party at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state corruption in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, April 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Kim Ludbrook/Pool)

For two days, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa looks to have made headway in damage control for the ANC at the State Capture Commission. While many are calling his appearance a smart PR move, the battle is far from over.

In his two-day testimony, President Cyril Ramaphosa had to balance between re-establishing internal and public trust in the ANC, and avoid being seen as a sell-out by his comrades and numerous detractors in the party.

Ramaphosa made a calculated gamble when he became the first sitting president in South Africa’s recent history to appear before a judicial commission of inquiry this week.

“It’s not everyone who will have that kind of courage, who will have their testimony in public and under scrutiny, and for some people, it’s career-limiting,” he told the body that was established to probe large-scale corruption — or state capture — during what he termed as “nine wasted years” under his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.