Poor Cyril, his presidency has never stood a chance
Beset by problems not of his making, crippled by indecision, it’s hard to imagine what his legacy will be
It is hard not to be impatient with President Cyril Ramaphosa because his moves are, though at times strategic, painfully slow. There are days when impatience makes way for pity. It’s impossible for it not to.
Our poor president — OK, I know he is rich, but allow me this — has not really had time to be such. He has trudged from one major crisis to another and, before we know it, his term will be over. His turn as ANC leader ends next year, anyway.
During all the drama we have been through as a country, Ramaphosa has been bogged down by developments beyond his control, such as Covid-19. He has not had time to craft and implement a vision of his own. Think of it in terms of those who came before him. President Nelson Mandela had a bit of time to show us that reconciliation is possible, even during the hardest of times. He kept a tenuous peace in a fractured country. President Thabo Mbeki had time to force us to look at the Two Nations through an economic lens and did his best to run the economy better than anyone has seen. President Jacob Zuma discarded convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik and got on with the programme with the Gupta brothers, creating challenges we will deal with for the next couple of decades. Enter President Cyril Ramaphosa. ..