Playing a sweetheart politician may discount Ramaphosa - Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi

Questions have been raised about President Jacob Zuma and his Deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa's differing responses to the recent anti-Zuma marches. While Zuma has dismissed the marches as racist, Ramaphosa says leaders should listen to the concerns raised by the protesters.

Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst, Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, talks about this and factions in the African National Congress (ANC).

Ray White: Are we seeing the real picture when it comes to the President and his deputy?

This has been coming for a long time. If you look at the personality of Cyril Ramaphosa and compare that with the tenure of President Jacob Zuma, one can see there is a huge disparity between the two personalities. This clearly shows that the forthcoming elective conference of the African National Congress its definitely going to be a very deeply polarised event.

Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst

Ray White: The Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa has also been criticised for being way too silent on the Ccabinet reshuffle. What are your thoughts on that?

I don't think Cyril Ramphosa has been silent. He was one of the key leaders of the ANC who came out in public to state their displeasure with the actions taken by the President. Now the problem within the ANC currently, is that, if you don't tow the line with this current dominant faction, definitely there will be consequences.

Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst

One thing that may count against deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, if he still has ambitions to be the leader of the ANC, is appearing as a sweetheart. In politics you need to be ruthless.

Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst

He seems to be a little bit cautious not to offend those he tends to criticise.

Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst

Ray White: So you have that on the one hand and on the other hand you have Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma making her feelings for the President very clear, hasn't she?

One thing we should understand, is that it all has to do with the levers of powers and if we look at the so-called dominant faction, they are riding high on the popularity wave of politics in the African National Congress. And that is why Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is so brave because she knows at the end of the day, once the dominant faction in the ANC has given its approval it will almost be like a formality.

Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst

I can't foresee how Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign will be able to derail the plans the dominant faction within the ANC.

Dr. Sethugelo Matebesi, Lecturer at the University of Free State and Political analyst

For the full interview with Dr. Matebesi click on the audio below:


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