Fact check: Do the facts support Ramaphosa's 'New Dawn' claims?

Fact check: Do the facts support Ramaphosa's 'New Dawn' claims?

- Cyril Ramaphosa has made repeated promises to root out corruption and encourage a 'New Dawn' in South Africa

- The withdrawal of Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane from the ANC's Parliament lists suggests that this New Dawn may still materialise

- Additionally, the postponement of corruption-linked Deputy-President David Mabuza's swearing-in also indicates Ramaphosa's growing strength in the ANC

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When Cyril Ramaphosa first assumed the presidency in early 2018, there was much excitement about a so-called 'New Dawn' of reform.

Now that Ramaphosa has been officially sworn in as an elected president in his own right, the hopes for this New Dawn are arguably greater than ever.

So how does the 'Ramaphoria' compare to the facts?

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Ramaphosa's New Dawn ideals vow to root out corruption, foster party unity and pursue economic policy that would cut unemployment and uplift the poor. 

While various commissions of inquiry, such as the Zondo Commission, have operated for the last several months and revealed extensive corruption to the public, little to no action has yet been taken against those implicated. 

Some have viewed this as putting the lie to Ramaphosa's pledges of reform, as some officials linked to state capture have remained in high office.

However, there is some indication that this could be changing.

Indeed, the withdrawal of Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane from the ANC's Parliamentary lists suggests that the tide may finally be turning in favour of Ramaphosa and against the pro-Zuma faction.

Additionally, the postponement of Deputy-President David Mabuza's swearing-in as an MP has led some to speculate that Ramaphosa's position within his party has strengthened, according to the Council on Foreign Relationships. 

Of course, Mabuza could still end up as deputy-president, as could Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is a leading figure in the ANC's pro-Zuma faction, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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But the fact that some of these corrupt officials are no longer heading straight to Parliament is cause for hope among many South Africans.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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