Ramaphosa doomsayers' criticism premature

2019-07-10 08:30
President Cyril Ramaphosa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

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It may be premature to declare a presidency a failure or success so soon.

It may also be naive to seek to predict what the outcome of a nation's leader would turn out to be.

South Africa's sixth administration is still coming out of the starting blocks.

But, the Cyril Ramaphosa Presidency gives many goosebumps to ignore, about what will possibly happen.

The doomsday prophets as usual will be crying out loud that the 'sky is falling'.

They will attempt as usual to convince everyone who cares to know that Ramaphosa is destined to be recalled like his predecessors, by the way he is going.

They will tell you that Ramaphosa does not have the skills of a Mbeki or Zuma to survive even the first term of office.

To strengthen their point, they're likely to quickly point to the fact that under Ramaphosa the ANC only managed to land at 57% mark of the vote in the May election. Whereas under Mbeki and Zuma the party stayed above the 60% mark.

The party of Mandela has seen its best days, some have asserted.

On the other hand, the pro-Ramaphosa proponents, possibly blinded by unchecked optimism, will tell you that 'The Messiah' has arrived and all our problems will be taken care of.

They are likely to sit back and do little to nothing in the believe that ' The Messiah' will deliver them 'the manna' Ramaphosa's former exiled predecessors robbed them off.

In their eyes, all will be taken care off. They just need to position themselves right. Then all the goodies will fall on their lap.

We know what unmet expectations can lead to.

However, both these groups need to be brought in order quite early on.

Our beautiful republic is still feeling the effects of poor service delivery.

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