It does not require one to have a monopoly of wisdom to tell that the 'Ramaphoria' that South African civilians once had has faded with time. 'Ramaphoria' is a PR excercise that was used to mobilize support for Cryil Ramaphosa building towards the ANC 54th Nasrec National Conference. The popular broadcaster Bongani Bingwa, today on his 702 Breakfast show asked if Ramaphosa's popularity will help ANC to recapture the metros lost in 2016.
2016 Municipal elections saw ANC suffering a huge blow in most of the key metros, when the failed to record 50% of the support. They were even outvoted by DA in two metros (Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane Metro) were they used to enjoy a huge amount of success . One could possibly argue that ANC is currently in its worst shape ever since its establishment on the 8th of January 1912,reason being that the party is highly factionalised.
When the ANC launched its manifesto in the City of Tshwane on the 28th of September 2021,it was made clear that they would like to recapture the metros that they lost in 2016. The question that one could ask is that do South African citizens who are going to the polls on the 1st of November still have that feeling of hope and euphoria for Ramaphosa, that they felt building towards the 2019 national and provincial elections. In his twitter account Bongani Bingwa posed a question if Ramaphosa's popularity as the face of ANC will be a determinant factor for recapturing the metros lost in 2016.
"Is Ramaphosa the key factor in this election? He remains far more popular than the ANC and even opposition parties. Will his face recapture the metros lost in 2016?" asks Bingwa
Do you think South African citizens still have some elements of hope and euphoria towards Cyril Ramaphosa?
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