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South Africa: The last days of the Zuma presidency

His likely successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, will be the last of the liberation generation to rule this young country

By Gerry Lynch  

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/Tass/PA Images

Cyril Ramaphosa, leader since December of South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC), which has governed the country since its transition to genuine democracy in 1994, made his name as a superlative trade union lawyer and organiser in the 1980s. He not only forced workplace concessions from the country’s powerful mining magnates for the black majority of their employees, but later was instrumental in sealing the deal on political transition with the apartheid­-era White political elite.

His approach to negotiations has…

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