Academic, Oscar van Heerden, has said that South Africans should vote for the ANC to empower Cyril Ramaphosa
- He says this will help Ramaphosa to clean up government
- However, others argue that a vote for Ramaphosa also strengthens the corrupt factions within the party
Oscar van Heerden, an international relations scholar at the University of Johannesburg, has urged South Africans to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa.
He says that if voters give Ramaphosa a proper mandate, he will be able to implement good policies.
Van Heerden says a vote for the president will empower him to root out negative elements within his party.
In an opinion piece for the Daily Maverick, Van Heerden argues that a weak showing by the ANC in this election will damage Ramaphosa and increase the odds that he will be removed from the party's leadership. Obviously, if this takes place, Ramaphosa will be unable to implement his state aim of cleaning up government.
Additionally, Van Heerden says that Ramaphosa has already made strides in improving governance, such as by establishing various commissions of inquiry, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
However, other figures have offered counter-arguments to Van Heerden's claims. Helen Zille, for example, argues that a vote for the ANC empowers not only Ramaphosa but also the corrupt factions in the ANC who want to entrench state capture even further.
Unsurprisingly, Zille made the claim that the best way to empower Ramaphosa would be to vote for the DA, as this would strengthen the DA's ability to hold the ANC to account and ensure they actually implement Ramaphosa's wishes.
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