- On 25 May, 2019, Cyril Ramaphosa was officially sworn in as the president of South Africa
- Today marks exactly one year since Ramaphosa's inauguration and we took a look at the head of state's journey
- Briefly.co.za focused on some of the challenges Ramaphosa has faced since becoming president
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Today marks exactly a year since Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration. Ramaphosa previously served as the head of state to fill the vacancy left by his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who had resigned.
However, on 22 May, 2019, he was elected president by the National Assembly and was set to start his first full term as the head of state.
His inauguration took place on 25 May last year and the country watched in anticipation as the New Dawn was set in motion.
From the start of his presidency, Ramaphosa had one goal in mind - to unite a divided country. He has been working hard to build the economy, bring together South Africans and to rid the ruling party of corruption.
Despite his good intentions, Ramaphosa has faced several difficulties since taking over as the head of state.
Many believe his first struggle was uniting the comrades of his own party. This followed a rift in the ANC after Jacob Zuma was forced to step down as the president.
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After the dust settled within his own party, Ramaphosa was given the near-impossible task to build an ailing economy.
He had embarked on many trips abroad to secure investments but the economy kept slipping. Unemployment continued to rise, state-owned enterprises like Eskom and SAA could not recover and people started to doubt whether or not Ramaphosa was capable of delivering the 'Thuma Mina' vision he had.
Then, things got worse in 2020 when the novel coronavirus hit Mzansi's shores. Ramaphosa has been doing the most to ensure the safety of South Africans during the global pandemic.
However, he had faced criticism from many South Africans and political parties alike. With the confirmed number of cases continuing to rise, Ramaphosa has been stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The lockdown regulations have been eased since they were first enforced to try and save an already-struggling economy from total collapse.
On Sunday, the head of state announced that the country would move down to lockdown Level 3 and many have agreed it is not the right move, including the EFF.
Briefly.co.za reported Juju's party condemned the relaxation of the current Covid-19 lockdown.
The EFF has come out in fierce opposition to the current Covid-19 national lockdown being downgraded in South Africa to Level 3.
In a scathing statement issued by the party in response to Ramaphosa's speech on Sunday evening, the party commented that:
"The EFF rejects, with deep sadness, what is effectively the ending of the Covid-19 lockdown. The announcement by Ramaphosa must be read as a resignation speech from fighting Covid-19 and saving lives, especially black lives."
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