It was tough! Cyril’s as­sess­ment of Zuma years

The Herald (South Africa) - - News -

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday gave a frank as­sess­ment of the Ja­cob Zuma years in govern­ment, telling his au­di­ence in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg that “the last few years were re­ally dif­fi­cult”.

Though the two sought to dis­play a united front in pub­lic this week, Ramaphosa told ANC sup­port­ers in Manor Flats that he spent the most part of 2018 clean­ing up Zuma’s mess.

“We’ve been through a dif­fi­cult past few years.

“We’ve been through a dif­fi­cult few years ... it was re­ally dif­fi­cult.

“Things that were meant to be done well were not done well. In­sti­tu­tions were weak­ened.

“In the past year, we spent a great deal of time re­pair­ing those things that were not done well,” Ramaphosa said.

He said the first few months of his pres­i­dency were spent “root­ing out el­e­ments that were lead­ing us in the wrong di­rec­tion, in terms of cor­rup­tion”, with­out men­tion­ing names.

Ramaphosa said the coun­try now had a sec­ond chance to rec­tify what had gone wrong.

The pres­i­dent was on a drive to mo­bilise peo­ple to at­tend the ANC’s man­i­festo launch on Saturday and to vote for the ANC in the up­com­ing elec­tions. –

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