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Stormclouds Gather Around Ramaphosa’s Bid for a Second Term as President

  • President confronts internal oppostion, ongoing energy crisis
  • Ruling African Nation Congress holds elections next month
Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril RamaphosaPhotographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

A cloud is hanging over South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s political future heading into governing party elections next month as he confronts internal dissent, an energy crisis that’s stoking public anger and a scandal over a theft at his game farm.

The former labor-union leader this week secured the vast majority of nominations for the top job in the African National Congress, and his political adviser got the most backing for the treasurer post. But his preferred candidates lagged in the races for deputy president, chairman and other top positions because they didn’t resonate with the ANC’s rank-and-file, according to senior party members.