JOHANNESBURG- President Cyril Ramaphosa will mark 100 days in office on Saturday, but how has the president performance been since he took office.
Ramaphosa was only elected into office in February following Jacob Zuma forced resignation by African National Congress (ANC) and aided by his victory as ANC president in December.
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Ramaphosa made several promises and commitments during his first State of the Nation Address, he said under his leadership he will improving governance at state-owned enterprises, downsizing the bloated Cabinet, improving the economy and fighting corruption.
Ramaphosa met some of those promises with his cabinet reshuffle which saw many ministers booted out and old ones brought back in. The most notables were Pravin Gordhan back in cabinet as Public Enterprise minister, who wasted no time in making sweeping changes in State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) announcing changes in boards and appointments. And the other most notable comeback was Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister replacing Malusi Gigba, Nene was infamously fired for a “re position” into BRICS new world bank initiative, this position never materialized.
Ramaphosa presidency was widely welcomed as the country’s optimism changed and the financial market responding well to his election.
He is also being applauded for his swift actions at the state institutions, he’s taken action against suspended Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, removed Arthur Fraser as DG of the State Security Department but Shawn Abrahams is still the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
The next 12 months will be significant in Ramaphosa’s presidency as the national election nears, it will depend how well changes are implemented, and if voters feel the government is changing and tackling corruption.
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