Anti-Gord­han cam­paign a flop

POLL: HE IS IN TOP THREE MOST POP­U­LAR POLITI­CIANS

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Eric Naki – er­[email protected]­i­zen.co.za

The EFF’s ef­fort to dis­credit him is ap­par­ently not hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect.

De­spite be­ing un­der pres­sure from the op­po­si­tion Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers and his de­trac­tors within the ANC to re­sign, Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han re­mains among the top three most pop­u­lar politi­cians in South Africa af­ter Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Tito Mboweni.

A new study by South African Cit­i­zen Sur­veys has found that prior to Ramaphosa de­liv­er­ing his third State of the Na­tion ad­dress (Sona), he has the high­est favoura­bil­ity rat­ing at 61%, fol­lowed by Mboweni (33%), then Gord­han (28%). Iron­i­cally, Gord­han is fol­lowed by his arch op­po­nent in fourth po­si­tion, Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers’ (EFF) leader Julius Malema, at 26%, and then Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) in­terim leader John Steen­huisen, at 15%.

Steen­huisen’s pop­u­lar­ity fell far be­low that of his pre­de­ces­sor, Mmusi Maimane who was at 24% in the last study late last year. Maimane re­signed from the DA and was re­placed by Steen­huisen, who is the main con­tender for the lead­er­ship at the party’s con­gress in April.

The sur­vey co­in­cided with the EFF’s threat to dis­rupt Ramaphosa’s

ad­dress in parliament to de­mand that Gord­han must go. But in­di­ca­tions were that par­lia­men­tary se­cu­rity would re­move the EFF MPs from the House as they did pre­vi­ously when they dis­rupted for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s ad­dress.

Ac­cord­ing to the new sur­vey, Gord­han is still liked by South Africans in spite of the EFF cam­paign to ridicule and un­der­mine him. The cam­paign is ac­com­pa­nied by a so­cial me­dia frenzy in­sti­gated by his op­po­nents. Anonymous in­di­vid­u­als crit­i­cise the min­is­ter for the crises at Eskom and SAA while ANC com­rades put pres­sure on Ramaphosa to fire him.

In the pre­vi­ous sur­vey last year, Malema’s favoura­bil­ity rat­ing ranged be­tween 25% and 27% be­fore set­tling at 26%.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that Ramaphosa con­tin­ues to re­tain the high­est favoura­bil­ity rat­ing (61%) among the ma­jor political fig­ures sur­veyed by SA Cit­i­zen Sur­veys. Ramaphosa’s favoura­bil­ity rat­ing reached a high point of 62% in the pe­riod of na­tional and pro­vin­cial elec­tions.

“In the suc­ces­sive pe­riod the pres­i­dent has, de­spite all the chal­lenges fac­ing him and the coun­try, main­tained th­ese very high rat­ings,” said Reza Omar, strate­gic re­search di­rec­tor at Cit­i­zen Sur­veys.

The Con­gress of the Peo­ple’s (Cope) spokesper­son Den­nis Bloem lashed out at what he called the “bar­baric be­hav­iour of the EFF, say­ing the party must be con­demned by all lawabid­ing cit­i­zens.

“Cope is say­ing if the EFF doesn’t want to lis­ten to Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa pre­sent­ing the Sona they must stay away rather than dis­rupt parliament and turn it into a box­ing ring.

“They must al­low the coun­try to lis­ten to what Ramaphosa is go­ing to tell them. Parliament’s sta­tus can’t be un­der­mined like this any­more,” Bloem said.

Parliament can’t be un­der­mined any­more

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