- When people were asked who Ramaphosa was, many did not know
- Ramaphosa is currently running for president for the ANC
- A poll suggested Ramaphosa might be the favoured candidate
Briefly.co.za learned from eNCA that they asked people on the street who Cyril Ramaphosa is, the people's asnwers were both shocking and hilarious:
For those who do not know Mr Ramaphosa that well, here is a some background to bring you up to speed:
Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born 17 November 1952 in Soweto. He is a South African politician, activist, trade union leader and businessman with an estimated Net worth of $450 million.
Ramaphosa played an important role, with Roelf Meyer of the National Party, during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steer the country towards its first democratic elections in April 1994.
Since 2014, Ramaphosa served as Jacob Zuma’s Deputy President. He was elected as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) in December 2012.
To add to his long list of achievements, Ramaphosa is also the Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the future of South Africa.
Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa—the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
However, it has not been all good for Ramaphosa, as his name was linked to multiple scandals, including the MTN Irancell scandal when the organisation bribed officials in Iran, and recently extramarital activities of the deputy President has come into light.
He also took an active stance when the Marikana Massacre took place on Lonmin's Marikana premises.
On 15 August 2012 he called for action against the Marikana miners' strike, which he called "dastardly criminal" conduct.
He admitted to his involvement in the act, saying he regrets it. He continues by saying it could have been avoided if contingency plans had been made prior to the labour strike.
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Now, Ramaphosa is one of the presidential candidates for the upcoming ANC election conference in December.
In 2017 Ramaphosa started the CR17 campaign as a platform for his presidential campaign ahead of the African National Congress elective conference in December 2017.
It has been reported that Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela’s pick as future president.
Ramaphosa has the ANC leaders in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng on his side, as they all declared they stand behind him.
A survey by a reputable polling company, Plus 94, which interviewed 2400 people, half of whom were card-carrying ANC members, aimed to see who the people think will win.
The poll revealed that Ramaphosa could get 42.6% support if an election were held tomorrow. His rival, former AU Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, scored 21.4%.
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