Ramaphosa’s change not credible
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