How did we get here? This is the central question explored in Qaanitah Hunter's book Balance of Power following President Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to the African National Congress (ANC) presidency this year.
Joining Nickolaus Bauer on the Eusebius McKaiser Show, the author and award-winning journalist with the Sunday Times shares insight into what she says is the genesis of the "Thuma Mina" speech, details on the president's advisers and more.
Hunter paints a picture of the balancing act that led to Ramaphosa's Nasrec victory, which she says started as far back as 2012.
She also delves into some of the most critical political moments in South Africa and what this means under Ramaphosa's presidency.
Ramaphosa's return to the ANC in interactive politics as deputy president was engineered by the same people who opposed him five years later, so that was a very important thing to go back and say how did he come back.— Qaanitah Hunter, Author and award-winning journalist with the Sunday Times
What I try to do is to say ok, these are the meetings that happened, these were the negotiations and this was the sentiment of people...— Qaanitah Hunter, Author and award-winning journalist with the Sunday Times
Another interesting point is on the Thuma Mina speech which Hunter says this was meant to be former president Jacob Zuma's address.
I tracked down the speechwriter who put this together and he was a speechwriter under the office of the deputy president at the time - his name is Wonderboy Peters and he details how he found these lyrics and thought it was important.— Qaanitah Hunter, Author and award-winning journalist with the Sunday Times
He [Peters] says he was looking for something that was going to create this patriotism. He got the inspiration from a 1996 speech of former president Nelson Mandela.— Qaanitah Hunter, Author and award-winning journalist with the Sunday Times
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