WHERE IS RAMAPHOSA?
With his contender’s campaign well under way, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s lobbyists are concerned that his principled approach will cost him the ANC presidency.
Ramaphosa threw his hat in the ring late last year during a radio interview when he said that if the branches wanted him, he was available for the presidency.
His condemnation of the recent Cabinet reshuffle gave his supporters hope that he would hit the ground running.
But his absence from the limelight since has some worried that it will cost him the position he has wanted since former president Nelson Mandela stepped down.
“He is too cautious, too worried about tarnishing his name. He should never have gone into politics if he can’t take the bull by his horns. He should be in Limpopo, Gauteng, the Western Cape and Northern Cape and other places that are willing to support him,” one supporter, who is a provincial ANC leader, told City Press.
Another suggested that he would look to shine at the
On Friday, the SA Police Service came to her rescue with an announcement that “threats” had been directed at her.
While the anointed one criss-crosses the country and is given ANC platforms to showcase her offering, there is no sign of her number one contender.
Ramaphosa has buried his head in the sand after boldly coming out against the president’s decision to axe Gordhan. policy conference in June, but lamented that it might be too late given Dlamini-Zuma’s head start.
“When we were campaigning for Jacob Zuma, we used to have house-warming parties and he would come. We would have wine-tasting events at Golden Horse Casino, the media would come. You agree to every invitation, you can’t be modest at such a time. As deputy president, you must insist on 40% government and 60% ANC work.”
Ramaphosa is today expected to make an appearance at the popular Zion Christian Church Easter prayer service in Moria in Limpopo.
It was not yet confirmed whether he would be given a platform to address the churchgoers.
In the past week, he spent time consulting with traditional leaders in Limpopo’s Vhembe area.
Later this week, Ramaphosa is due to attend a dinner hosted by the Black Business Council in Sandton in Johannesburg.
– S’thembile Cele and Setumo Stone
“That was the most unintelligent report that I have ever heard of,” Ramaphosa said. “I told the president that I was totally against this move,” he said at the time.
This was the moment his lobbyists had been waiting for, they believed he was sounding the warning bell, that it was finally “Game on”. But after a rap on the knuckles at the NWC, the question now on many lips is: “Where is Cyril?”