Ramaphosa showing signs of a lame-duck president

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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa is showing signs of a lame-duck president.

One political analyst believes Ramaphosa may not finish his first term.

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Mcebisi Ndletyana says this will happen if he doesn't step up and take tough decisions.

He was reacting to attacks on Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Tito Mboweni.

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"As the president, you have to lead and say this is the path that we are taking. Instead, what he is doing he is doing is deferring tough decisions to Tito.

"And now what Tito is doing is going to be attacked. What has been happening in the past is that when Tito and Gordhan are attacked, this president remains quiet,” said Ndletyana.

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“At some point they will be attacked so much that they will capitulate and remain quiet and when they are quiet he will be left vulnerable. He does not look like he can stand up for himself... the question is will he survive the onslaught from his enemies when he is without support? I doubt he will...that means he might not even finish his first term. That's a lame-duck president.”

The ANC is set to go to its National General Council this year.