Drop fo­cus on elec­tion

Business Day - - OPINION -

When is Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa go­ing to for­get about next year’s elec­tion? It’s a given that the ANC will take a beat­ing, but all ra­tio­nal thinkers would agree that it is likely to re­main in power (al­beit with fewer seats in par­lia­ment). So Ramaphosa can af­ford to fo­cus on the present sit­u­a­tion, which se­ri­ously af­fects the na­tion both prac­ti­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally.

A good start would be to stop pussy­foot­ing around the bad ap­ples in his cab­i­net and fire them. We all know who they are — Zuma sup­port­ers who are tainted with cor­rup­tion — and what they are up to: putting the brakes on the pres­i­dent’s new dawn.

Ramaphosa needs to put pres­sure on the Hawks to get their act to­gether by pri­ori­tis­ing case files that lead to ar­rests, start­ing with those politi­cians who are clearly im­pli­cated.

These steps will not only sat­isfy the elec­torate but en­hance the pres­i­dent’s sta­tus as a true leader. Any­thing less will place him along­side po­lit­i­cal party an­i­mals in­tent on feath­er­ing their own nests. Bite the bul­let, Cyril, and show your met­tle.

Cliff Buch­ler Ge­orge

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