New Dawn: The 4 best and 4 worst moments of Ramaphosa's presidency

New Dawn: The 4 best and 4 worst moments of Ramaphosa's presidency

On 15 February 2018, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as the SA head of state and Ramaphoria was high amongst South Africans.

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With the end of Zuma's reign and the beginning of Ramaphosa's, South Africans had hope that the country would finally be restored to its former glory.

And, within only a couple of months Ramaphosa managed to do great things, but also some things that led to South Africans calling for his head.

So, decided to gather four of the best and worst moments of Ramaphosa presidency.

The Four Best Moments

1. Nhlanhla Nene's reappointment

After former president Jacob Zuma shacked Nhlanhla Nene as the Minister of Finance in 2015, the rand took a heavy hit.

The world was shocked over the controversial decision and it led to Zuma having fired Des van Rooyen after just three days to appoint Pravin Gordin.

However, one of the first things Ramaphosa did after being elected president was reinstate Nene in his former position as the country's Finance Minister.

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2. Zuma gets his day in court

More than 13-years and millions of rands later, NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced Zuma would finally have his day in court over the several charges against him, including corruption- a notion behind which the new dawn stood.

3. Appointing a new Eskom boss

In an attempt to show he is serious about ridding the country of corruption, Ramaphosa tackled one the leading issues in the state capture- Eskom.

The new SA president appointed a new head of Eskom Jabu Mabuza, who would fight to end corruption in the public utility.

4. Investment deals

One of the main issues Ramaphosa focused on, aside from corruption, is the deteriorating economy.

So, in an attempt to rebuild the South African economy, Ramaphosa set out to find international investors- and he landed major deals.

He managed to secure a $10 billion investment from Saudi Arabia, $10 bn from UAE and China vowed to invest anther $14,7 billion.

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However, not everything in his presidency was positive, in fact some moments led to South Africans protesting his removal on Twitter.

The Four Worst Moments

1. The 15% VAT

Straight off the bat we're mentioning the higher VAT, something that hit South Africans really hard.

During the annual budget speech, then Finance minister Malusi Gigaba shocked the country with the announcement that VAT would increase with one percent.

2. David Mabuza's election as the deputy president

While Ramaphosa promised a new dawn, the appointment of the controversial David Mabuza as his deputy president made South Africans question whether or not his presidency would actually be any different from his predecessor's.

Mabuza was linked to several controversies in the Mpumalanga, including alleged political assassinations of ward members.

3. Whispering in the night

Ramaphosa took a page out of Jacob Zuma's book when he made a late night announcement, which stated the ANC would change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

TimesLIVE reported the announcement shocked the country since public hearings over the matter were still in progress and some ANC statements suggested there was nothing wrong with the constitution as is.

Some accused ANC of making the announcement as a poor attempt to win over voters ahead of the 2019 elections.

4. The rand and high petrol prices

Aside from the higher VAT, South Africans were hit hard by record high petrol prices. According to the ruling party, the fuel prices are directly related to the rand's position against the dollar.

The South African currency has been on a roller coaster ride throughout Ramaphosa's presidency and it took another tumble after his late night announcement of land expropriation without compensation.

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