oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - Law and rhetoric : an analysis of the rhetorical techniques employed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to restore the rule of law in South Africa

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785




Cyril Ramaphosa is arguably one of the leaders who have played a pivotal role in the evolution of a democratic South Africa. Subsequent to his imprisonment by the apartheid regime, first in 1974 and again in 1976, Ramaphosa co-founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) with James Motlatsi and Elijah Barayi in 1982.1 He became NUM’s first General Secretary and during his tenure he led the labour union during a 1987 miners’ strike that was one the defining moments in the anti-apartheid struggle.2 As NUM’s General Secretary, Ramaphosa was instrumental in the establishment of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which remains the largest of South Africa’s three main trade union federations, with 16 affiliates.3

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