Ramaphosa is like a wounded buffalo limping towards the sanctuary as vultures are encircling and waiting to pounce. Covid lockdowns and looting did so much damage to the economy which has rendered millions unemployed and tainted his party's electoral prospects.
The incarceration of President Zuma dint help either with many supporters suspecting that he was part of the scheme although it was entirely the fault of his (Zuma) making. The disastrous election results mean that Ramaphosa will forever be remembered as the president who brought down ANC to below 50%.
The poor performance and utter incompetence in running departments like home affairs and SAPS which saw a high-profile case like that one of Bushiri slipping through their fingers. The complaints among the different war veterans groups and deployed soldiers will only bolster to chance of an emergence of a serious opponent come 2023 when ANC goes for its conference.
So who are the candidates that are likely going to replace Ramaphosa? Ace Magashule will likely challenge him sooner rather than later after what he called trumped-up charges to tarnish his political fortunes. There is no better time than now when ANC is facing all these problems and Ramaphosa looking weak.
David Mabuza has been lurking in the shadows too, waiting to pounce but his health might fail him after he spends nearly six weeks in Russia seeking special treatment from an undisclosed disease. The women's league is becoming so vocal about the first female president, it's very unlikely that it will wait for another 10 years to make its case enter Thandi Modise the most senior woman in the party.
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the speaker is the most senior woman in the party technically but she doesn't have political clout as Thandi. The two swapped positions after the reshuffle earlier this year for that reason alone.
Duduzane Zuma has made it clear that he wanna be a president one day, if indeed it was hereditary then we would have ranked him higher on the list but his support is largely in KZN and somewhere in Dubai where he polled 100% among the Gupta family. Let's be real here, the dude can't even speak Zulu properly.
Politics is full of surprises, we will likely see an unknown figure rising to the top and challenge for the top spot. The fifty people might be someone we never expect.
A surprise surge
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