Analysis  >  Friday Briefing | The plan to make Cyril Ramaphosa a one-term president


The Cyril Ramaphosa presidency heralded in a new era... but with the gloss of Ramaphoria having worn off, he now faces challenges on multiple fronts 

In the aftermath of the Jacob Zuma presidency, most South Africans were relieved that Cyril Ramaphosa took up the mantle and for a (short) while hope abounded.

Now, a few weeks before his State of the Nation Address, Ramaphosa has to find solutions to the crippling state of Eskom and SAA; a teetering economy and what appears to be the ratcheting up of a palace coup within the ANC.  

In this edition of News24’s Friday Briefing, Pieter du Toit looks at the various factors conspiring to scupper the Ramaphosa presidency; analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela argues that Ramaphosa needs to start thinking quicker on his feet if he is not to be tripped up as he has been recently with Eskom; while former ANC MP Melanie Verwoerd maintains that Ramaphosa is still the man for the job despite the noise over his supposed imminent ousting.


Yunus Kemp

Opinions Editor

The plan to make Cyril Ramaphosa a one-term president

Pieter du Toit

In 2010, former US president Barack Obama's detractors vowed to make him a "one-term president". President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing the same challenge: Political opponents are determined to make sure he does not come back after the next party election.



Ramaphosa needs to autocorrect and do so quickly

Mpumelelo Mkhabela

President Cyril Ramaphosa should quickly correct his mistakes. And he needs to quicken his consultation processes, which do not necessarily have to yield consensus or please everyone before he takes decisions. Also, part of generating power as president is to have the ability to appoint loyal and competent people. They may be having contradictory ideological dispositions - it's important not to be surrounded by yes-men and women - but they should be professionally loyal to the office and to the person who holds it.


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It is far from game over for Ramaphosa

Melanie Verwoerd

It is exactly because he rarely attacks problems in a bulldozer fashion, but rather in a counter-intuitive manner that he has survived so long in politics. Unlike many commentators and writers, I have consistently maintained that President Ramaphosa is the right (and only) person to lead the country at the moment.I have insisted that despite the enormous and persistent pressure he has faced, he would most probably pull through.


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