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MEET Ralph Mathekga

Ralph Mathekga started his studies in Political Science, Law and Economic History at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his BA degree. He subsequently completed honours degree in Political Science as well as a MA (Masters) in Political Science, at the same university. Ralph has submitted his PhD thesis in politics at University of Johannesburg (UJ) for examination. His thesis focuses on court challenges on affirmative action in South Africa and implications on equality and justice. Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) where he focused on political, social and economic research.

Ralph also worked as a Lecturer at the University of Western Cape, teaching ​courses in political studies. He has worked at the National Treasury (Ministry of Finance) in the Budget Office as a Senior Policy Analyst. Ralph continues to contribute content to opinion article to different newspapers, interviews on TV and Radio station on current affairs in South Africa and abroad. Ralph is the author of the book ‘When Zuma Goes’ (Tafelberg, 2016) and Ramaphosa’s turn (Tafelberg, 2018). He is currently a News24 columnist, and also a Senior at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, where he leads a project on Revolutionary Constitutionalism.

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Same old, same old: Don't hold your breath when Ramaphosa reshuffles Cabinet

Gauteng dominance in Top 7 means Ramaphosa may not achieve his agenda

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected to lead the ANC for a second term. This was not a surprising victory, given he was favoured to win the conference as indicated during the nomination process and the build-up.


The Public Protector is acting in a manner that shows that she not only doesn’t fear political backlash from her controversial reports, but also does not fear any possibility that Parliament may remove her


Ralph Mathekga - When Zuma Falls


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