Consider this: If things went differently at the recent ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting, Cyril Ramaphosa would now be President of South Africa. Ramaphosa would have been the most obvious candidate to step into the breach had the NEC decided to recall President Jacob Zuma. Although Ramaphosa still insists on flying below the radar, he must now know how close he is to the top job – if the Zuma camp does not crush him. On the third anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s passing, Ramaphosa delivered a thinly veiled analysis of the state of the nation. ANC stalwart Ahmed Kathrada was a lot more forthright. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.