Petrol, food prices soaring, repo rate increase – analysts on what these have to do with politics

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President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma.
The Times / Sydney Seshibedi

Unemployment is at an all time high, the price of petrol has reached the R20 mark and the repo rate has been increased by 50 basis points. A lot is happening in the South African economy and people are feeling the pinch. And they want someone to blame, and right now, they are putting it all at President Cyril Ramaphosa's feet. 

Political analyst Khwezi Mabasa says its not wrong for people to politicize issues of the economy.

"Unlike what we are taught at school that politics and the economy are separate, real life is proving that to the contrary. If you look at the war in Russia and Ukraine you can see how what is a political issue can have an effect on the economy," he says.

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