All our hopes rest on Ramaphosa's jury-rigged cabinet

02 June 2019 - 00:00 By SUNDAY TIMES

Politics, it is said, is the art of the possible, a truism confirmed this week in President Cyril Ramaphosa's choice of those who will take up the plush seats in his national executive.

Who knows how different his cabinet might have looked had he been entirely free to choose whomsoever he wanted? But we all know that Ramaphosa, much like SA itself, is beholden to the peculiar circumstances pertaining in the ANC, and his job is made all the harder by the wasted years of the era of former president Jacob Zuma. Even the timing of Ramaphosa's announcement was not entirely of his own choosing, delayed by several days to allow Deputy President David Mabuza to "clear his name" during a brief tea-and-biscuit session with the party's "integrity commission"...

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