“Ramaphosa: Steep road ahead”


“The FF Plus would like to congratulate Mr Cyril Ramaphosa with his election as the new president of the ANC. He has a steep road ahead of him and the way in which he addresses the numerous challenges will determine if he will succeed in saving South Africa from further decline and ruin, says Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus.

“In the short term, Ramaphosa’s election will boost investor’s confidence and may even prevent a further downgrade to junk status, but if he wants to gain confidence in the long run, he will have to take some drastic steps.

“There are five steps that he will have to take immediately, namely:

1. He will have to recall President Jacob Zuma before February 2018 and deliver the State of the Nation Address himself on 8 February 2018. As president of the country, he will have to take decisive action and appoint the legal commission to investigate state capture, as was recommended in the report by die former Public Protector (PP).

2. He must execute the High Court’s ruling by replacing the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Shaun Abrahams, with someone who is competent and unbiased, like Adv Thuli Madonsella.

3. He will have to repudiate Zuma’s claims about free higher education in order to relieve the pressure on the Treasury and do away with the false expectations that were created.

4. He must call the nuclear programme to a halt and clear up all the uncertainty in that regard.

5. He will have to reshuffle the Cabinet and replace all the incompetent minsters (rotten apples) with ones that are fit for the job.

“If Ramaphosa does not recall Zuma, his hands will essentially be tied behind his back and Zuma will have one court case after another so as to keep plundering state assets and ensure that all the rotten-apple ministers are retained. That would instantly extinguish the little flame of hope that sparked for our economy and the country will simply keep plodding along as if nothing has changed,” says Dr Groenewald.

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