25 May marks two years since President Cyril Ramaphosa's official inauguration. Ten months later, the president was dealing with a pandemic. Tinyiko Maluleke examines four areas where Ramaphosa and his administration’s management of certain aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been dismal.
On 5 March 2020, when South Africa recorded its first Covid-19 case, Cyril Ramaphosa had been president of the republic for just over two years – thanks to the extra 15 months (February 2018 - May 2019) reluctantly bequeathed upon him by his predecessor, who like the incumbent before him, was recalled before the end of his term.
Ending his first ever SONA in February 2018 – also his best SONA to date - with the inspirational lyrics of Hugh Masekela’s Thuma Mina, Ramaphosa launched himself into the hearts of millions of South Africans.