Articles by

Michael Nassen Smith

Michael Nassen Smith is completing his PhD in economics at the University of Johannesburg.

The South African Left in the Time of Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise to the presidency is a watershed moment in the history of post-apartheid South Africa. The Zuma years plunged South Africa into an abyss of corruption and deepening economic, social, and political crises. Now that the sun has set on that regime, we can ask what Ramaphosa’s presidency means for the future of the country. While there is a significant opening for the Left, its political organization is still not to the point to ensure significant gains.I provide a map of the political terrain along with an account of the contending interests in conflict.