ANC 2017 Elective Conference

LISTEN: Tony Leon says Ramaphosa win good for country, less so for opposition

Former DA leader Tony Leon says Cyril Ramaphosa's win could be good for the country but probably less good for the opposition parties like the DA and the EFF.

I think country first is always a good position for the opposition to adopt. I think that most opposition parties will concede that Cyril Ramaphosa is a much better president.

Tony Leon, Former DA leader

But equally because they hold that position, they must also hold Ramaphosa to account to put into practice his promises in the presidential campaign which is to root out corruption, bring state capturers to book and to clean the barn.

Tony Leon, Former DA leader

And if he doesn't do that the opposition's way forward is going to be very clear.

Tony Leon, Former DA leader

Leon also spoke well about Ramaphosa's former position in the union and his leadership skills saying that he could be in the right position to lead South Africa.

He says Ramaphosa might experience some difficulties making big decisions with Jacob Zuma still in authority as the president of the country for the next 18 months.

I think Cyril Ramaphosa has some outstanding leadership qualities that he has displayed not just in politics but in the unions and in business. He is going to have to choose between party unity and electoral credibility and it's going to be difficult to marry those two very divergent concepts together.

Tony Leon, Former DA leader

How the politics are going to play out in the next 18 months with Jacob Zuma as the President of the country and Cyril Ramaphosa as the President of the ANC would be very interesting, Leon said.

I also think it is going to be a further limiting factor on his ability to clean the barn wall or drain the swamp.

Tony Leon, Former DA leader

To hear more of Tony Leon's analysis of Ramaphosa's win, listen below:


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