Please save SA, Ramaphosa

Post - - OPINION - VI­JAY SEWTAHAL Clare Es­tate

THE me­dia has re­ported al­le­ga­tions of se­cret plans by former pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and some other prom­i­nent ANC mem­bers to oust Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

It is quite ob­vi­ous that there are some who want to cre­ate up­heaval within the ANC to pre­vent the com­mis­sion of in­quiry from func­tion­ing. Wit­nesses are mak­ing star­tling rev­e­la­tions of the shenani­gans in the gov­ern­ment that cost bil­lions in terms of cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture.

It is just a mat­ter of time be­fore those try­ing to re­move Ramaphosa will also be im­pli­cated in cor­rupt deals, as more wit­nesses will spill the beans. Some­thing tells me that Ramaphosa will soon make a ma­jor cab­i­net reshuf­fle, but un­like his pre­de­ces­sor, it will be for the bet­ter­ment of South Africa and all its cit­i­zens.

Job creation is the key per­for­mance area to stim­u­late the econ­omy, but this is not hap­pen­ing and, in fact, jobs are be­ing lost.

The lat­est crime sta­tis­tics re­flect an in­crease in the var­i­ous crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, which points di­rectly to an un­der­staffed po­lice force.

On the one hand we have the gov­ern­ment with a bloated cab­i­net – and yet, where it re­ally counts, de­part­ments are un­der­staffed. For ex­am­ple, if there were more po­lice of­fi­cers, the in­ci­dence of crime would de­crease.

If there were more food in­spec­tors, lis­te­rio­sis could have been avoided. If there were more health in­spec­tors, the Life Esidi­meni tragedy could have been avoided.

If there were more tax in­spec­tors, Sars would not have a short­fall of R50 bil­lion in tax col­lec­tion.

Lastly, if there were more com­pe­tent and hon­est heads of law en­force­ment agen­cies and state-owned en­ti­ties, state cap­ture would not have oc­curred. I guess once the land re­dis­tri­bu­tion is­sue is re­solved, it will kick-start the econ­omy.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, please save South Africa.

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