Ramaphosa has work cut out for him

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - REFILWE MAGASHULE news@the­newage.co.za

WHETHER or not newly-elected ANC pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa can bring a wave of pos­i­tiv­ity into the new year was de­bated yes­ter­day.

Af­ter the fever­ish build up to the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence dom­i­nated news, things sub­se­quently died down as the con­fer­ence ended last week.

Bear­ing in mind the friend­lier mar­kets and stronger rand fol­low­ing Ramaphosa’s elec­tion, Prof Shadrack Gutto said such im­prove­ments could carry into the new year amid the chal­lenges that still await Ramaphosa and South Africa.

“We shall see what will hap­pen, as there are chal­lenges such as univer­sity fees for the work­ing class and poor. Even with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma an­nounc­ing free ed­u­ca­tion, there are de­tails that need to be ironed out such as how these stu­dents will be as­sessed on whether or not they are from work­ing class and poor house­holds,” Gutto said.

Zuma over­ruled the He­her Com­mis­sion by an­nounc­ing sup­port for free ed­u­ca­tion on the open­ing day of the elec­tive con­fer­ence. This caused de­bate over whether this was a break­through or reck­less pol­i­tick­ing.

Prof Sipho Seepe said the ques­tion of Ramaphosa bring­ing a wave of pos­i­tiv­ity should be looked at in to­tal­ity and not depend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual.

“The mes­sage from the ANC was clear in want­ing to see an end to fac­tional bat­tles. The big­gest chal­lenge is whether the lead­er­ship will rise to the oc­ca­sion,” Seepe said.

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