ramaphosa must fall

Vaccine blunder ramps up ‘Ramaphosa must fall’ cries

Published by Andile Sicetsha

President Cyril Ramaphosa finds himself in a precarious position. Ironically, it is the same space his predecessors Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki were squeezed into.

Confidence in Cyril Ramaphosa wanes

The legacies of heads of state that came after Nelson Mandela are stained with low public confidence and for South Africa’s fifth president, it is no different.

In his first term, Ramaphosa has been through it all. He leads a political party that is rooted in factionalism and his support base within its structures is thinning by the day.

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Since he took over reins from Zuma, it seems that he has failed to root out corruption. The most recent example of this is in the Special Investigating Unit’s report on PPE fraud.

Most important, perhaps, is his government’s failure to tackle unemployment and refurbish regressive policies that hinder growth.

The Covid-19 pandemic was, until Sunday’s media briefing held by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, an easy scapegoat for the president’s inefficiencies.

South Africans want Ramphosa booted

However, as we have come to find out, Ramaphosa’s presidency could not manage the coordinated rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine programme.

This sentiment was central to “Ramaphosa must fall” cries that reverberated across social media. Here are some of the reactions we picked out on social media: