Ramaphosa can turn it around

SOMETIMES, just sometimes, you get what you wish for. And sometimes you wish you hadn’t. Barry Avery reflects on an African Angle column which published on MNN in May 2014.

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That column  tentatively suggested that if there were anyone to take South Africa off the perilously low road upon which it was travelling and place it on a high road to economic and social resurgence, Cyril Ramaphosa would be the man to do it.

Water has flowed strongly under the bridge since then and there have been some uncomfortable utterances by Ramaphosa, former head of the extremely powerful National Union of Mineworkers which led resistance against minority rule during South Africa’s deeply troubled 1980s.

From wearing a T-shirt proclaiming that mining industry would be nationalised in the mid-1980s,...