Ramaphosa SA’s saviour

Daily News - - VIEWS & ANALYSIS -

THIS plea is a gen­uine ap­peal to save our beloved coun­try.

We have a mea­sure of com­fort and con­so­la­tion for our re­demp­tion in the per­sons of Dr Makhosi Khosa and Cyril Ramaphosa, and a league of oth­ers of sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment.

South Africa and the ANC missed a golden op­por­tu­nity when the suc­ces­sor to our first demo­crat­i­cally-elected pres­i­dent, Nel­son Man­dela, was side­lined in favour of Thabo Mbeki. Man­dela per­son­ally anointed Ramaphosa to suc­ceed him, but that clique had other ideas and Mbeki be­came pres­i­dent.

We may ask why Blade Nz­i­mande, Zwelinz­ima Vavi and Julius Malema hated Mbeki so much.

They fought with ut­most vigour and de­ter­mi­na­tion for Ja­cob Zuma. Is it be­cause Mbeki be­lieved all oth­ers were nin­com­poops and pre­ferred sy­co­phants in­stead?

The trio fol­lowed like the fa­mous three blind mice and the farmer’s wife cut off their tails with a carv­ing knife.

Ramaphosa was lost to the coun­try for the sec­ond time. Costly in­deed. But the ANC in their wis­dom chose him to serve as deputy pres­i­dent.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s in­ep­ti­tude and in­ca­pac­ity made him an easy per­son to cap­ture and the in­fa­mous Gupta clan made hay while the sun shone.

The af­ter­math of this de­ba­cle led to the highly re­spected and ca­pa­ble fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han and his deputy be­ing sacked on the ba­sis of a spu­ri­ous, fake, man­u­fac­tured in­tel­li­gence re­port.

I con­clude with the col­lec­tive plea of our beloved South Africa to the ANC: “South Africa needs you to save the ANC of Nel­son Man­dela, OR Tambo, Al­bert Luthuli, Wal­ter Sisulu and a galaxy of other greats, and hand over the ba­ton to Ramaphosa, the pres­i­dent-in-wait­ing. Be as­sured, the na­tion and the world will cheer. R MUNISAMY Isipingo Hills

THABO MBEKI

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