Petrol prices are fuelling Zuma nostalgia, so let’s crunch the numbers
His fans are using the hikes to rank him above Ramaphosa, cherry-picking facts and ignoring the rand’s endless tumble
As the relentlessly rising petrol price continues to deliver radical economic transformation to SA, fans of Jacob Zuma keep insisting Cyril Ramaphosa is to blame. And in a funny sort of way, they’re not wrong.
Of course, none of them is making the obvious argument. On the contrary, most of what I’ve heard and read boils down to a claim that Zuma was a better president than Ramaphosa — and should still be in power — because petrol was way cheaper during his administration.
I don’t need to point out the inherent flaw in this approach. After all, once you start ranking presidents based on the petrol price, you have to acknowledge that, while petrol certainly was cheaper under Zuma than Ramaphosa, it was also cheaper under Thabo Mbeki than under Zuma, cheaper under Nelson Mandela than under Mbeki, cheaper under FW de Klerk than under Mandela, cheaper under PW Botha than under De Klerk, and so on and so on until there comes a point where you must, using this logic, insist that Hendrik Verwoerd was a far better president than Nelson Mandela...