Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: Can Ramaphosa save South Africa?

Cyril Friday Briefing

Can Cyril save us? Good question… 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has undoubtedly been one of the year's most influential figures.

If you had said that it would take Ramaphosa a little more than seven weeks after he assumed the ANC's leadership in December 2017 to get rid of the corrupted disaster that was Jacob Zuma, few people would have believed it.

Since Zuma's ouster on Valentine's Day earlier this year Ramaphosa has had to traverse the minefield that is internal ANC politics while sifting through the wreckage of government left behind by the Zumaïtes. And he has had to do this amid an economy that is barely spluttering along. 

There are sharp differences of opinion whether Ramaphosa soared or sunk since he took the oath of office on February 15 this year. Many opinion makers, like columnist Peter Bruce, argue that Ramaphosa has done exceedingly well under the circumstances. But there are many critics who believe the president's changes don't amount to much more than cosmetic tweaks and that he hasn't gone as far as he should. 

In News24's final Friday Briefing for 2018, editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson considers the president's progress and asks if he has indeed done enough. Fin24's Ferial Haffajee explains why he failed on land reform and I consider three pivotal moments in the Ramaphosa's year.

Have a safe festive season and rest up – 2019 is election year!

Pieter du Toit

Assistant Editor: In-depth News

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The year the tide started to turn

Any fair analysis of South Africa in 2018 should come to a factual conclusion that we are in a much better place than 12 months ago. But actions speak louder than words and we need to see some high-profile arrests and prosecutions in 2019 to restore the confidence of the public in government and our justice system.

Adriaan Basson

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BRAAMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA â?? MAY 22: President C

The year of the buffalo: Zuma, wheel nuts and load shedding

Cyril Ramaphosa’s term as head of state has seen progress in turning around the ship of state. The commissions of inquiry into state capture and tax administration – the Zondo and Nugent commissions – have prised open the dark recesses of state capture and grand corruption and helped South Africa understand the Zuma project of capture and neglect. But is it enough?

Pieter du Toit

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BRAAMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA â?? MAY 22: President C

Where Ramaphosa failed on land in 2018

On July 31, Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency reached a low point when he commandeered the public broadcaster at around midnight to announce a constitutional amendment to allow for expropriation without compensation. Since then, he has done everything to secure a just and sensible outcome, but he has either not been brave enough or efficient enough to communicate it effectively to the nation.

Ferial Haffajee

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