Ra­matl­hodi lays into JZ

CityPress - - News - HLENGIWE NHLABATHI hlengiwe.nhlabathi@city­press.co.za

Axed public ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion min­is­ter Ngoako Ra­matl­hodi said the man­ner in which Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma changed his Cabi­net was a wake-up call to all South Africans.

Ra­matl­hodi was among those who pub­licly came out to say he had de­clined a so­cial en­gage­ment with the Gupta fam­ily shortly af­ter Zuma ap­pointed him to his pre­vi­ous job as min­eral re­sources min­is­ter, be­fore be­ing re­moved and re­placed by one of Zuma’s al­lies, Mosebenzi Zwane.

This week, Ra­matl­hodi told City Press that he con­sid­ered his re­moval with oth­ers a bless­ing in dis­guise be­cause “at least the public now knows what we are deal­ing with”.

“I think it’s a mo­ment that had to come at some point. It’s a les­son for this coun­try and also a bless­ing at the same time, in many ways. You saw the spots of the leop­ard last night,” he said, re­fer­ring to Thurs­day night when news broke that Zuma was mak­ing changes to the ex­ec­u­tive.

He leaves with a clear con­science and has ap­pealed to South Africans to rise up and not de­spair as he will be among those that will stop at noth­ing to con­tinue fly­ing the flag and do good for the coun­try.

“There is a gen­er­a­tion of us who are fear­less and care deeply about this coun­try and not about our­selves. We are not self-pre­serv­ing. We call our­selves guardians. We are guard­ing the fu­ture of our coun­try.”

He was not wor­ried about los­ing his Cabi­net job and perks be­cause he never wanted to serve in that Cabi­net in the first place.

“I was fired be­fore I could re­sign. I would have left any­way. We have to some­times make hard choices”.

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