- It appears Jacob Zuma's popularity has grown since he stepped down as the South African head of state
- On Thursday, Saffas flooded social media with their views on the current leadership of the ANC and many said uBaba was not to blame for the problems in SA
- It resulted in #ItWasNeverJacobZuma trending on Twitter as South Africans shared their views on the current state of affairs
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Jacob Zuma is quickly dethroning President Cyril Ramaphosa as South Africans' favourite head of state. Just over two years ago, people were calling for Zuma to "fall," accusing him of running a corrupt state that severely damaged the country.
People were given new hope when a 'New Dawn' came under the rule of President Cyril Ramaphosa - Msholozi's successor.
With promises to unite the ruling party and South Africa, as well as vows to eradicate corruption, President Ramaphosa had quickly won the majority of citizens over.
However, the task of uniting the ANC and ridding it of corruption has proved to be far more difficult than Ramaphosa expected and the situation got much worse when the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a global pandemic following the Covid-19 outbreak.
While South Africa was lauded for its swift response to the coronavirus when it first hit our shores, it has now become the fifth country in the world with the most active cases.
Ramaphosa has been trying to run the country while controlling the spread of Covid-19 and he has been met with both praise and criticism.
The ban on tobacco and alcohol sales and the rapidly increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases have overshadowed Ramaphosa's successes.
And then there's the mysterious case of the missing R500 billion Covid relief fund. All this has led to South Africans questioning whether or not the head of state could deliver on the promises he had when he was first elected.
In fact, many have flooded social media with their views, hailing Jacob Zuma as a better president. Ouch!
It resulted in #ItWasNeverJacobZuma trending on Twitter as Saffas come to the conclusion the former president was not the problem, the ANC is.
Briefly.co.za took a look at some of the #ItWasNeverJacobZuma tweets that were posted on Thursday:
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Meanwhile, in other news, Andile Ramaphosa's involvement in a R6 million Covid-19 project recently raised some eyebrows.
Reports indicated the Andile had been working to install technology into taxis in the province to help limit the spread of the virus by increasing ventilation. While on the surface it seemed like an admirable thing to be doing amid the pandemic, critics demanded to know where the funding had been found.
Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister Leon Schreiber has called for transparency, highlighting the importance of disclosing how the project was funded:
“Did Ramaphosa’s son get any state support in any form for this? Who are the 'media alliance partners' he brags about in the advert? According to the company, SDI Force ‘has also been involved in providing food parcels and personal protective equipment’. We need more clarity.”
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