- A political analyst says that Ramaphosa is undermining his public as a transparent leader
- The commentator, Ralph Mathekga, was referring to the president's attempts to keep some of his campaign documents secret
- Mathekga warned that there could be consequences for the president if he moves too far away from the type of president he promised to be
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Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says that Cyril Ramaphosa is undermining his own promises that he would be a transparent president.
Mathekga's comments come after Ramaphosa has asked the courts to keep the bank statements and other documents relating to his CR17 election campaign secret.
This follows the publication of a report which allegedly contains names of several of Ramaphosa's funders, including Maria Ramos and Nicky Oppenheimer, among others.
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Mathekga says that Ramaphosa campaigned as a reform candidate who promised to run an open administration, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"The president is actually walking the opposite direction of what his ticket is about," Mathekga said, according to eNCA.
After Ramaphosa came into office, a wave of so-called 'Ramaphoria' swept the nation. However, much of that feeling appears to be gone now. A lot of this is likely a result of the disappointing performance of the economy over the last year as well as the unemployment rate remaining high.
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However, Mathekga argues that some of Ramaphosa's performance as president is not helping. He says that Ramaphosa campaigned as a transparent candidate and crafted a public image of himself as a clean governance president.
But now his legal battles with Busisiwe Mkhwebane and his claim that he was not directly involved in campaign fundraising (which has since been disproved by leaked e-mails between Ramaphosa and his campaign manager) have cast doubt on this image, according to the analyst.
"There are consequences if you don't live up to [that image]," Mathekga warned.
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