When Cyril Ramaphosa took over as president of South Africa in early 2018, there was a great deal of talk about a “new dawn”.
But his term in office has failed to deliver, raising the question: has the legendary deal-maker lost his touch? When Ramaphosa replaced former president Jacob Zuma many South Africans believed he would usher in a new era after the disastrous reign of his predecessor. The country and the governing African National Congress (ANC) both urgently needed rescuing from the malaise.
Ramaphosa inherited an unenviable hand from Zuma – state institutions had been weakened, the economy was in a parlous condition, the ANC was in internal turmoil, and the political elite regularly exposed for fraudulent and corrupt activities, which culminated in “state capture”.