'Ramaphosa's main challenge is to modernise Zuma's rural, traditionalist ANC' - Jakkie Cilliers

Posted on 07/21/2021

Jakkie Cilliers, founder and former Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), is a well-known Africa analyst and  the author of a groundbreaking book titled Fate of the Nation. The book, which President Cyril Ramaphosa reviewed as “Incisive, bold and sobering. A revealing forecast and a call to action” was written in 2017 and explored three alternative scenarios for the future of South Africa: the divided nation, ‘Bafana Bafana’ muddling along and Mandela magic. BizNews founder Alec Hogg spoke to Cilliers on the BizNews Power Hour to see whether these scenarios still hold true, particularly in light of the violent riots that spread through KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng last week. Cilliers believes that what we're looking at is a splintering of the ANC and that we face significant challenges in terms of a coordinated vision of ‘the security architecture’ of South Africa. President Ramaphosa’s biggest challenge, according to Cilliers, is modernising the ANC from the rural traditionalist party that it became under Jacob Zuma’s rule. - Nadya Swart