South Africa rejoiced when Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated as South Africa’s president, after Jacob Zuma ‘resigned’ from the post.
Cyril pledged a “new dawn”, promising the weary yet hopeful South Africans out there that he would focus his attention on cleaning up governance issues and driving an economic turnaround.
Well, it’s been three months since his inauguration, and according to the Huffington Post, it’s been a solid 90 days of corruption-busting and suffering from the one percentage point VAT hike.
*Mumbles something about taking the good with the bad*
So what else has Ramaphosa accomplished in his first 60 days in the office?
Here’s the rundown of what our president’s been up to:
On the day of Ramaphosa’s inauguration, various properties belonging to the controversial Gupta family and their business associates were raided by the Hawks, and a warrant of arrest was also issued for Ajay Gupta.
Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle took place on February 26, which saw Pravin Gordhan and Nhlanhla Nene returning to key ministries, and some members of Zuma’s cabinet alleged to be involved in state capture and corruption getting the boot.
Ramaphosa’s ANC voted alongside the EFF to pass a motion to begin a process to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
It’s an iffy topic of discussion for some, but Ramaphosa will gladly explain why it’s important. Just don’t interrupt him, for goodness sake.
In March, NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced his decision to prosecute Zuma on 783 counts of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering.
We see Ramaphosa pulling the strings here …
Days later, Ramaphosa moved to suspend South African Revenue Services boss Tom Moyane, who now faces disciplinary hearings.
Told you – our president’s got the pull for days.
To make things a little difficult for his predecessor, Ramaphosa made amendments to Zuma’s state capture inquiry, now allowing testimonies to be admissible in criminal proceedings.
According to the Huffington Post, Ramaphosa “launched the Youth Employment Service (YES), which seeks to empower the youth through paid work experience and seed-funding. It is a collaborative effort between government, business, labour and civil society”.
Then, in April, Ramaphosa shifted his focus onto the economy and foreign investment:
[Ramaphosa] announced a high-level team tasked to travel abroad and garner R100 billion in foreign investment. He also struck an R850 million investment deal with the U.K.
Honestly, we’re still reeling from the effects of the VAT hike to have noticed this one.
Ramaphosa then conducted an intelligence services clean-up by shifting State Security Agency boss Arthur Fraser, who was facing numerous allegations of mismanagement, to the department of correctional services.
I suppose firing Fraser was out of the question, then?
Lastly, this month Ramaphosa “moved to place North-West under national administration after violent protests calling for premier Supra Mahumapelo’s resignation brought the province to a standstill”. By doing this, he has essentially taken away Mahumapelo’s access to billions of rands.
Well, that took him a while to do, but okay.
There you have it, folks. Do you think Ramaphosa has done a good or bad job so far?
Either way, that’s 90 days in the bag – we’ll see how he goes when he hits the 100 day milestone.
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