South Africa: Leadership in Question (Part Three) - Ramaphosa Lacks Authority and a Vision for SA to Battle His Foes

analysis

It was never going to be easy to steer the South African ship of state after the Jacob Zuma years, but Cyril Ramaphosa has not dealt decisively with his opponents and has not advanced an idea that encapsulates the type of society we want to see.

This article first appeared on Creamer Media's website: polity.org.za.

The previous parts of this series on leadership can be read here and here.

Cyril Ramaphosa scraped into the job as president with a slim margin at the ANC national conference at the end of 2017 and faced a divided ANC, especially at the leadership level. That meant he would not enjoy the level of unconditional support in the organisation that was enjoyed for most of the Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma periods at the helm. If he had had that backing it would have left space to take decisions that were required, in the face of whatever opposition he encountered outside of the ANC.

Leadership in Question (Part One): The leadership we have

In fact, the most significant opposition that Ramaphosa has experienced has been from within the ANC and it has continued unabated until now.

The divisions that were manifested in the conference...

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.