In an impassioned opinion piece published earlier this month, keynote speaker and author Douglas Gibson described President Cyril Ramaphosa as a weak horse. This was because of Ramaphosa’s inability to ‘govern effectively’, as Gibson put it, for fear of splitting the ANC. Gibson states that while he believes Ramaphosa is a ‘decent man’, his own ambitions may be more important to him than the interests of his country. “South Africa is not an easy country to govern,” he writes, “and it has a myriad of problems but our people of all colours and cultures and languages and religions need not weakness but courageous and principled leadership. Surely that is not too much to ask?”
It wouldn’t be the first time that Ramaphosa (and his strict lockdown) has been criticised. However, a Covid-19 Democracy Survey conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council shows that many South Africans disagree with Gibson’s sentiment.
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