Cyril still holds key to SA’S fu­ture

Financial Mail - - YOU SAID... - Ted O’con­nor Al­bert­skroon

Your editorial (Au­gust 9-15), “Cyril’s Mabuza prob­lem”, speaks of the pol­i­tics of com­pro­mise. Af­ter all, the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence handed Lindiwe Sisulu a mar­ginal loss for the po­si­tion of deputy pres­i­dent in favour of David Mabuza. Even closer was Senzo Mchunu’s nar­row de­feat by Ace Ma­gashule for the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the party.

Both Mabuza and Ma­gashule have his­to­ries of al­leged cor­rup­tion in the prov­inces un­der their watch, and the sword of Damo­cles is poised over their necks. Yet for the present the two are more se­cure in their jobs than is Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa. In a nor­mal democ­racy, nei­ther would have stood a chance of elec­tion.

It is odd that The New York Times would bother with such an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Af­ter all, more goes on in New York on a week­end than the yet to be proved malfea­sance of Mabuza.

Next is prob­a­bly a scathing re­port on Ma­gashule’s reign, when the Free State was so in­flu­enced by the Gupta fam­ily.

Any fur­ther ex­po­sure might re­sult in their un­do­ing but, mean­while, Ramaphosa walks un­steadily. His re­call would be the death knell for SA. Only he and a few hon­est men in the rul­ing party can save us from the precipice.

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