Eric Naki
Political Editor
4 minute read
17 Mar 2020
6:00 am

Amid Covid-19 threat, Ramaphosa finds his presidential feet

Eric Naki

President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone from being ‘an indecisive leader’ to the man ‘in charge’ and ‘providing leadership’, thanks to the measures he announced to curb the disease outbreak.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on the steps of parliament ahead of his 2020 State of The Nation address, 13 February 2020, Cape Town. Picture: Jacques Nelles

In a dramatic turnaround of his political fortunes, President Cyril Ramaphosa has gone from being accused by critics of being indecisive and a spineless leader – or even a “puppet of white monopoly capital” – into the toast of the country as the man “in charge”, “in control” and “providing leadership”. Thanks to his announcement on the implementation of stringent measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, almost all the opposition parties rallied behind the president. Even the ANC and its alliance partners could not wait for the next day to issue statements praising the president’s move. Even the general...