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Ramaphosa: “I wanna lend a hand. Send me”

South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday, 16 February - after he had been in office for just over 24 hours. It was optimistic and upbeat, something South Africans really needed after a grueling 10 days.

Civil society: It’s time to rebuild South Africa

All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

Time for national introspection

South Africans are partly to blame for the Zuma-sized mess our country is in. By not using our vote, by not demanding change, and by being gullible time and time again, we have allowed our politics to be corrupted. And without national introspection, says Mphuthumi Ntabeni, we are doomed to repeat our history.

Has the ANC entered a season of ‘creative destruction’?

After the political turmoil of the last few days, including the seeming inability of the ANC to be decisive with President Jacob Zuma, and the postponement of the country's 2018 'State of the Nation Address', Mphuthumi Ntabeni ponders the thesis of Frantz Fanon and asks: has the ANC entered into a season of "creative destruction"?

Dear Cyril

With the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of the ANC, we have seen the rise of hope, potential investment, and the Rand. Will the new party leader make good on his promises and can he do what desperately needs to be done? Can he rid government of corruption? Mphuthumi Ntabeni writes Ramaphosa a letter in which he reflects on the leader's political journey and encourages him to act swifty and decisively. 

Criticise Archbishop Makgoba, but you might be wrong

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's Christmas sermon, in which he called for the hasty removal of President Jacob Zuma and a targeted cabinet reshuffle, has attracted a lot of attention. Some say that men of the cloth should stick to preaching and stay out of politics. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that this is absurd. What Makgoba did, he argues, has been and is the business of the church - for thousands of years.

Archbishop Makgoba to new ANC leadership: recall President Zuma

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has called on the new ANC leadership to act "boldly and quickly" and recall President Jacob...

Bishops cautiously congratulate new ANC leadership

Two South African Bishops have told Spotlight Africa that while they congratulate the new leadership of the ANC they want to see evidence that the leadership is serious about moral and ethical governance. They also react to the ANC's call for radical economic transformation and land expropriation without compensation.

#ANC54 Did SA’s politics just get a whole lot more messy and unruly?

Did the ANC vote create just the right kind of environment Jacob Zuma needs to continue as he has been? Russell Pollitt SJ asks who really won?

Who really won?

Cyril Ramaphosa, the new ANC president has now been presented with a complex task every bit as difficult as the one he faced 25 years ago. Mike Pothier believes there is little doubt about Ramaphosa's dedication to be a genuine servant of the country and of the common good of its people, but will he be martyred before he succeeds?

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