President Cyril Ramaphosa: The charmer, leader, villain and hero

President Cyril Ramaphosa: The charmer, leader, villain and hero

Since being elected into the ruling position about 14 months ago, Cyril Ramaphosa has shown South Africa several sides of himself. He's been charming, a clever businessman, a leader and a joker. He's also been labelled a villain.

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Cyril Ramaphosa has filled many roles during his time as leader of South Africa, as reported by TimesLIVE.

He is a businessman, he has been called a charmer and a villain, he has been hailed as a great leader, and has even been a joker at times.

The many faces of Ramaphosa, who will be voting in Chiawelo, Soweto, have been seen by all South Africans.

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Ramaphosa is a trusted businessman with amazing experience, and he has used this to the country's benefit as he roped in deals worth millions.

His sense of humour has earned him the hearts of many citizens, and by using people's mother language to talk to them, he earns the respect of many.

But when he is filling the role of leader of the country, he remains serious and stern. He is described as 'calculating' - a desired attribute in the leader of any country.

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There were times when Ramaphosa was also seen as the villain. Many South Africans feel he is all talk and no action.

The Marikana Massacre is placed squarely on Ramaphosa's shoulders, and despite saying that he'd visit Marikana to engage with those affected by the tragedy, he has never been there since it happened.

It remains one of the biggest problems people have with the current president.

Despite this, Ramaphosa has the trust of many South Africans and they are convinced that he is just what the country needs - given enough time.

However, the ANC itself is so divided and 'broken' that it has been difficult for Ramaphosa to completely convince South Africans that the party can still serve and save the country.

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Meanwhile, voting has started and it's been off to a shaky start. Early in the morning, the IEC reported that less than 10% of the nation's 22 924 voting stations have yet to open. also reported that several major townships have seen protests flare up and two voting stations have been torched.

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