- Former finance minister Trevor Manuel spoke out against former president Jacob Zuma
- On Wednesday night, Manuel said: "I make no apologies for sharing my view that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa.”
- Manuel said Zuma left the country with some of its biggest challenges since democracy and warned these challenges would escalate in the near future
Former finance minister Trevor Manuel has spoken out against former president Jacob Zuma in the strongest possible manner. On Wednesday night, Manuel said: "I make no apologies for sharing my view that the presidency of Jacob Zuma was a total disaster for South Africa.”
Manuel said Zuma left the country with the biggest challenges since democracy and warned that these challenges were likely to get worse in the near future.
The former finance minister pointed to the destruction of key state institutions, in particular, the criminal justice and state security institutions as proof of Zuma’s legacy of destruction.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Manuel added that under Zuma’s leadership nearly all state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had been bankrupted through mismanagement and corruption.
Manuel said the astronomical sums of money which is now required to support these SOEs will inevitably lead to the government having to cut other programs which will almost surely impact service delivery.
Manuel was delivering the keynote speech at the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust Public Lecture at the University of the Western Cape.
He said President Cyril Ramaphosa faced a difficult task in rebuilding the state and trying to reverse the damage done by Zuma.
Manuel said: "Rebuilding the capability of the state is going to prove much more difficult than what it was the first time, because the gift of patience granted by the people since 1994 has been withdrawn and the state has been corroded by poor governance and maladministration.
Manuel pointed out that Ramaphosa’s task was made more difficult because the ANC was still fractured to some degree.
"His victory was on a slender margin in December, and he has a compromised national executive committee made up of too many individuals who will try and throw concrete into the mechanisms to prevent the wheels of justice from turning,” he said.
Manuel called on South Africans to unite behind Ramaphosa as he fights corruption, poverty and inequality.
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