Editor's note: Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to reform the ANC and root out corruption. The party's secretary-general, Ace Magashule, however, has been implicated in state capture and represents the cronyism of the Zuma era. Adriaan Basson says that Magashule's position proves that Ramaphosa does not have total control over his own party.
Reading ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule's speech from the weekend's Walter Sisulu memorial lecture, watching the hero's "welcome" of Lindiwe Sisulu into the ANC Women's League and listening to the attacks on the Zondo commission by Magashule's storm troops made one thing abundantly clear: Ramaphosa's got mutiny on his hands.
The ANC is now clearly divided between the Ramaphosa camp, which champions economic growth, non-racialism and anti-corruption, and the Magashule camp, which champions conspiracies and victimhood and blames white people for all the country's ills.
Magashule is now in open defiance of the ANC president as the party goes into its crucial national executive committee (NEC) meeting where the composition of the next ANC will be discussed.
Ramaphosa has to deal with Magashule, decisively and soon.
Adriaan Basson is News24's editor-in-chief.
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