Cyril Ramaphosa: The Road to Presidential Power [Hardback]

Anthony Butler(Author)

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ISBN: 9781847012296 | Published by: James Currey | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 528p, H9.25 x W6.25, 30 black and white
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Cyril Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is South Africa's fifth post-apartheid president. He first came to prominence in the 1980s as the founder of the National Union of Mineworkers. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, Ramaphosa was at the head of the reception committee that greeted him. Chosen as secretary general of the African National Congress in 1991, Ramaphosa led the ANC's team in negotiating the country's post-apartheid constitution. Thwarted in his ambition to succeed Mandela, he exchanged political leadership for commerce, ultimately becoming one of the country's wealthiest businessmen, a breeder of exotic cattle, and a philanthropist.
This fully revised and extended edition charts Ramaphosa's early life and education, and his career in trade unionism - including the 1987 21-day miners' strike when he committed the union to the wider liberation struggle - politics, and constitution-building. Extensive new chapters explore his contribution to the National Planning Commission, the effects of the Marikana massacre on his political prospects, and the real story behind his rise to the deputy presidency of the country in 2014. They set out the constraints Ramaphosa faced as Jacob Zuma's deputy, and explain how he ultimately triumphed in the election of the ANC's new president in 2017. The book concludes with an analysis of the challenges Ramaphosa faces as the country's fifth post-apartheid president.
Based on numerous personal conversations with Ramaphosa over the past decade, and on rich interviews with many of the subject's friends and contemporaries, this new biography offers a frank appraisal of one of South Africa's most enigmatic political figures.

ANTHONY BUTLER is Professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has been a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a past Director of the Policy and Administration programme at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Chair in Political Studies at the University of the Witswatersrand.

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Table of Contents

Preface
PART ONE: FORMATIVE YEARS
No place to rest
High school
Turfloop
Detention
June '76
Behind enemy lines
PART TWO: BUILDING UNION POWER
Black unions
Small beginnngs
The great negotiator
Entrenching union power
August 1987
PART THREE: APARTHEID'S DOMESTIC ENDGAME
Domestic opposition
Becoming ANC
By Mandela's side
ANC secretary-general
PART FOUR: NEGOTIATING THE TRANSITION
BC: Negotiations, 1984 to 1991
Return of the great negotiator
Triumph and disappointment
PART FIVE: TREADING WATER
Chairman Cyril
Statesman, philanthropist and farmer
PART SIX: NO LONGER BUSINESS AS USUAL
Planning the future
Marikana
Mangaung and after
Back to Marikana
Being Zuma's Deputy
The billion rand election
A visionary pragmatist in the Union Buildings?

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