Thanks, Ramaphosa − but it’s not good enough.
After dating a few, one thing I have learned about narcissists is they would cry just to look at their reflection in the puddle of tears.
The same can be said of the leader South Africa finds itself in an arranged marriage with: President Cyril Ramaphosa.
While debates around his presidency have swirled ever since he took office five years ago, Ramaphosa managed to disappoint nearly everyone in the country this last week.
A week that was rightly dominated by the Springboks winning the Rugby World Cup was at times overshadowed by criticism of Ramaphosa “snatching the trophy” off the team and his celebratory address to the nation that failed, even in its true intention to be a political advert ahead of next year’s elections.
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While the winning nation’s presidents are often snapped in World Cup celebrations, and Ramaphosa was part of the medal ceremony, it was him lifting the trophy within seconds of the initial lift by captain Siya Kolisi that had many wondering if the moment was all about him.
It may have been easier to digest if he had allowed the team to celebrate before getting his moment with the cup.
Ramaphosa’s antics were also magnified in many minds by Kolisi’s post-match speech about the country struggling and needing hope. Much of that struggle has happened under Ramaphosa’s presidency.
A public holiday delayed
The hope of a nation that carried the Springboks to world dominance became the hope for a
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