New ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has a long, difficult road ahead of him, but he also has the support of many in the country. One of his supporters is Roelf Meyer, who played a prominent role in negotiations to end the apartheid.
Meyer, says that he is extremely happy for the country that Ramaphosa was elected. He adds that to his mind, Ramaphosa was always going to end up in this position due to his experience.
We must never forget the fact that he was the secretary general of the ANC at the time that we were negotiating, so he's got that behind him. Then in recent times he was the deputy president of the ANC and now president. So he's got the backbone, he's got the experience and everything behind him.— Roelf Meyer, South African Politician
I am sure he will handle this position to the benefit of South Africa.— Roelf Meyer, South African Politician
Meyer acknowledges that Ramaphosa faces many challenges, particularity because he won by such a small margin. Other challenges include problems in the country and internal ANC factions, but Meyer believes that Ramaphosa can handle it.
He adds that Ramaphosa will be able to entrench his power on the back of his ability, qualifications and skills. For Meyer this is the best part of the situation.
We look back at Madiba and say he was a natural leader. I think Cyril to a large extent, and I don't want to equate the two, has the natural skills.— Roelf Meyer, South African Politician
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This article first appeared on 702 : 'Ramaphosa has a backbone, experience and natural skills'