Zuma must go. State power is the key

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ramaphosa’s ruthlessness prevailed against faction with huge resources First published in Business Day 20 DECEMBER 2017 - 05:48 ANTHONY BUTLER Cyril Ramaphosa’s election to the presidency of the ANC was an extraordinary achievement. Critics have presented it as the culmination of a career steeped in ambition. Cynics have observed that Ramaphosa had good fortune …

Santa column (sorry)

ANTHONY BUTLER: O come all ye faithful, hail Nkandla Santa Without a new Santa, we will move from a state of capture to a state of emergency. But who should the new Santa be? First published in BDLive BL PREMIUM 15 DECEMBER 2017 - 06:17 ANTHONY BUTLER Ho ho ho! We have finally reached that time …

Two weeks to the conference

There’s more clarity from ANC conference now, but enigmas remain Jacob Zuma probably has some final gambits to play, but they are all potentially counterproductive First published in Business Day 01 DECEMBER 2017 A victory for ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in December’s elective conference is probably now a little more likely than any other …

Electable leader, EFF coalition, or ballot rigging?

ANTHONY BUTLER: Dlamini-Zuma an ANC migraine to avoid Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s election would perpetuate the ANC’s dangerous habit of taking its voters for granted First published in Business Day 17 NOVEMBER 2017 - 06:04 ANTHONY BUTLER When — or rather if — the ANC meets in Gauteng on December 16 to elect a new party leadership, many …

The lame duck shuffle

ANTHONY BUTLER: Schemes and skeletons in the Cabinet  Business Day 20 OCTOBER 2017 Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle was one of the last quacks of a lame-duck president. It will be a surprise if new Energy Minister David Mahlobo can advance binding nuclear procurement agreements in the eight weeks before the ANC’s elective conference. The best …

Now there are just three likely outcomes in December: #1 is CR as president

ANTHONY BUTLER: Can Cyril Ramaphosa rescue SA from ruin? What kind of president would Ramaphosa be? There are some positive indicators, as well as serious drawbacks BL PREMIUM 06 OCTOBER 2017 - 06:04 ANTHONY BUTLER - Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS We can now assign roughly equal probabilities to three outcomes at the ANC’s December conference. These are: …