Ramaphosa’s change not cred­i­ble

Financial Mail - - YOU SAID... - John Steen­huisen MP,

It ap­pears that Cyril Ramaphosa has sud­denly found his voice (Cover Story, July 13-19). Speak­ing at the SACP con­fer­ence he stated that he would “not re­main silent” and could not “turn a blind eye or keep quiet”. This makes a re­mark­able about-turn from the my­opia and mute­ness of his past eight years as deputy pres­i­dent and leader of gov­ern­ment busi­ness in par­lia­ment.

Dur­ing the Nkandla de­ba­cle, Nenegate and the Waterk­loof land­ing scan­dal, as the econ­omy tanked and as our state-owned en­ti­ties col­lapsed un­der the weight of Gupter­i­sa­tion, Ramaphosa watched and re­mained silent. He bot­tled ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to stand up to state cap­ture and ac­tu­ally do some­thing de­ci­sive.

Never miss­ing an op­por­tu­nity to miss an op­por­tu­nity, he voted slav­ishly ev­ery time to keep Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in of­fice de­spite the bru­tal judg­ments of the con­sti­tu­tional court. He watched cabi­net col­leagues like Nh­lanhla Nene, Pravin Gord­han and Mce­bisi Jonas be­ing picked off one by one, yet did noth­ing.

Now, with vault­ing am­bi­tion to be pres­i­dent, Ramaphosa wants to hood­wink South Africans into be­liev­ing that he is sud­denly the guardian of good and will mirac­u­lously fix the rot­ten ANC.

SA needs strong, de­ci­sive and prin­ci­pled lead­er­ship. The last thing it needs is the weak and vac­il­lat­ing lead­er­ship and fair-weather prin­ci­ples that have be­come the hall­marks of the Ramaphosa brand.

chief whip of the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion, Cape Town

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