With the hashtag #RamaphosaMustGo still trending on Saturday, the outspoken African National Congress (ANC) member and long-time Jacob Zuma supporter, Carl Niehaus, was quick to point out that this was not his campaign but rather that the people have spoken.
He said that the ANC‘s poor performance at the polls at this week’s Local Government Elections was due to President Cyril Ramaphosa being made the face of the party during campaigns.
“Some @MyANC leaders proclaimed Pres. @CyrilRamaphosa as ANC’ saviour’. He was made the face of our campaign. It became a refrendum on Ramaphosa. What a disaster! With 46% we fell for the 1st time below 50%. A resounding vote of no confidence. To save our ANC Ramaphosa must go!” Niehaus tweeted.
The ANC received 46,04 percent of the national vote in the recent 2021 Local Government Elections. It is the first time the party has failed to secure a majority since 1994.
Disgruntled ANC backers took to Twitter and are now campaigning to push Ramaphosa out of office.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa said in his speech on Thursday evening that next month will mark 25 years since the signing into law of SA’s democratic Constitution.
“Its founding values – of democracy, human dignity, the advancement of human rights, and the achievement of equality – have been our guide for a quarter of a century.
“Tonight, we mark another milestone in the advance of our democracy.
This local government election was contested by a record 325 political parties and nearly 95,000 candidates, of whom over 1,500 were independent candidates.
“In the run-up to election day, we have seen images of parties and candidates everywhere, on billboards, on street posters, and on social media, all making a case for why they should get our vote.
“This is a sign that multiparty politics is flourishing in South Africa and that everyone has an equal chance and opportunity to run for public office.
“This enriches us in many ways. It advances openness and transparency. It affirms that we are a diverse and tolerant society. It affirms the principle that leaders must be chosen by the people and be accountable to the people,” Ramaphosa said.