President Cyril Ramaphosa - one of the most popular politicians in South Africa - has now earned his mandate by leading the African National Congress (ANC) to victory in Wednesday’s general election.
Butler, in 2008, penned what was then a definitive biography of Ramaphosa.
...He used intimidation, charm, humour in rapid succession at the negotiating table… He inspired almost awe among his own activists within the union structures because of his exceptional calm under pressure…— Anthony Butler, Professor of Political Studies - University of Cape Town
Description of Butler’s “Cyril Ramaphosa” on Amazon:
The extraordinary rise of one of South Africa’s most celebrated political leaders and his contributions to the country’s liberation movement are thoroughly chronicled in this insightful account.
From his humble beginnings in turbulent Johannesburg to his appointment as general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, this biography offers a frank appraisal of Ramaphosa's achievements and limitations.
For more detail listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).
Simple survival and the ability to rise to the top… demonstrates a degree of ruthlessness… that goes beyond what you expect… The proof of ruthlessness is in the outcomes rather than the noise…— Anthony Butler, Professor of Political Studies - University of Cape Town
He has a political pretext… for culling a large number of professional politicians… There’s no way of ducking the pain that’s going to cause… We will see who he chooses…— Anthony Butler, Professor of Political Studies - University of Cape Town
There’s a big hole to get out of first… it’s a country with enormous potential… [it’ll take] political risks… the real obstacle to Ramaphosa’s project is the nature of the ANC itself…— Anthony Butler, Professor of Political Studies - University of Cape Town
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