“The Deputy Presidents’ choice of running mate has received mixed reviews. Political pundits have peddled the idea that this decision isn’t expedient, that Minister Pandor won’t excite the base of the CR17 campaign, that she doesn’t bring anything to the party.”
Perhaps polished political expediency isn’t what we should be looking for in a Presidential candidate? The Deputy President is running to win. Should he find himself occupying the highest office in the land, the task of putting South Africa back on the right track will be one that requires a team of qualified and experienced leaders.
Additionally, attracting international investment and restoring the private sectors’ faith in our political leadership will be vital. Ramaphosa not only has to win the ANC leadership, but a general election too. This will require a radical rebranding of the ANC, one that can woo back ANC voters who have lost faith in the ANC, who may be considering switching to opposition parties.
Pandor has, on numerous occasions, put down opposition parties with a sharp intellect and skilful debate. She has done so without falling back on cheap chirps and carefully crafted soundbites, so often relied on by politicians.
Pandor will be able to provide a level decorum and decency to our political discourse. The process of rectifying the county will require serious and substantial debate on policy, in order to win such a debate the opposition will have to seriously raise their game.
Overall, we should be applauding this choice, made by a candidate who chooses substance over soundbites, experience over expediency, and credibility over charisma. What is needed to get out of this crisis is courage, and leadership; this choice is certainly one, which displays such virtues.”
*This blog has been published in its original format as submitted to the CR17 website. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Cyril Ramaphosa or the CR17 campaign.
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