South Africa’s deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is more likable compared to his current principal President Jacob Zuma.
The ruling African National Congress’s fortunes are surging under Ramaphosa, this is according to the South Africa 2016 Wealth Report.
New World Wealth polled 650 ordinary South Africans on who they would vote for in the 2019 general election.
“Results show that the ANC will become more popular with Ramaphosa as leader. It also shows that Maimane may be losing the DA’s traditional support base,” read the report.
About 78 percent of respondents said that they would vote for the ANC under Ramaphosa.
This is well above the 62 percent that the ANC won in the 2014 election. The DA under Maimane [will likely receive 8 percent]. This is significantly lower than the 22 percent that the party won in the 2014 election.”
Ramaphosa is a well accomplished lawyer, business leader, politician and trade union leader. He has previously served as ANC secretary general and NUM secretary general (and founder).
Reports suggest that Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela’s pick as future president, which should help him become leader of the ANC at the 2017 party conference.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters also saw a slight increase under Malema.
Seven percent of respondents said that they would vote for the EFF. This is slightly above the six percent that the party won in the 2014 election.”
Going into the 2019 polls, Africa’s second largest economy is faced with a plethora and unfavorable investment climate which demands a radical and positive change in leadership.
President Zuma’s leadership has come under strong attack due to among others, firing of the credible Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene and strong ties to the controversial Gupta family.
The report also noted a relatively high crime rate, which deters foreign investors and tourists and is a major deterrent to bringing up children in the country.