Pretoria - ANC president Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa is not a famed crooner, like his predecessor Jacob Zuma. Neither is he celebrated on the dance floor, as the ANC faithful in yesteryear would worship Zuma's idolised nimble-footedness in dance and flexibility. Ramaphosa appears reserved in charisma classes, only joining in groupie frenzied dance ensembles after some polite nudging.
But as Ramaphosa addressed his African National Congress' final elections campaign rally on Sunday, dubbed the "Siyanqoba Rally" at the 60 000-seater Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, one political analyst believes Matamela's much needed renewal euphoria for the governing party - dubbed the "Ramaphoria" by the ANC flock - is the revolutionary party's ace on voting day.
"The president currently enjoy high popularity rates. A number of surveys concluded in the last few weeks suggest a noticeable pattern that ANC voters will vote for the ANC because of the "Ramaphoria" frenzy," Prof Rhulani Barry Hanyane - an associate professor in Public Management and Governance at the North West University - said while speaking to African News Agency.
"This factor could help the ANC to make gains at the polls. The so-called 'sympathy votes' that the ANC enjoys from the elderly and staunch ANC supporters could add value in the ANC's voter performance."
Hanyane said from the time Ramaphosa assumed the reins at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the former trade unionist has instituted clear investigations into the massive malfeasance of the previous years.