- President Cyril Ramaphosa has nearly been in office as President of SA for 100 days
- Democratic Alliance leader Musi Maimane spoke out about the President’s first 100 days in office
- Maimane is less than enthused at the progress the President has made
When it was announced that Cyril Ramaphosa had been elected as President of South Africa only just under three months ago, the country rejoiced.
People everywhere saw a light at the end of what had been a rather dark and corrupt tunnel, and everyone believed things could only get better.
Nearly 100 days on in office, and there are those who are underwhelmed at the President’s progress in office.
Leading the pack is Democratic Alliance leader, Musi Maimane.
When speaking about the President’s first 100 days in office, Maimane had the following to say:
The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the Republic of South African on 15 February 2018 was predictably met by a wave of optimism and anticipation not witnessed in our nation for the better part of a decade.
Briefly.co.za noted that Maimane stated:
Indeed, the bar was set pitifully low by former President Jacob Zuma. However, we must not forget that President Ramaphosa also had a role to play in the turmoil he eventually inherited. Ramaphosa faithfully served as Jacob Zuma’s Deputy President for the previous four years and at every juncture displayed solidarity with, and support for, the former President. He protected and endorsed Jacob Zuma and was a crucial member of the senior leadership of the ANC and the government during these tumultuous years.
The leader went on to say that Ramaphosa has inherited a deeply divided and factionalised ANC. An ANC that cannot agree on issues with a “top six” that is split down the middle.
He cited the North West Province as an example of just what this division in the party is causing in the country.
He added that:
Indeed, his first 100 days have been underwhelming, as South Africans have rightfully expected much for from the President. We remain stuck in a jobs crisis, while our country is not safe from crime, and our politicians continue to commit acts of corruption and nepotism. All while living conditions of South Africans have not changed. Tax is up, jobs are dying, petrol is increasing, and the food is becoming unaffordable.
President Ramaphosa is governing on a fragile, compromised mandate, and therefore will never be able to effect total change that will turn our nation around, eradicate corruption, create millions of jobs, make our country safe, and fix our broken education system.
He added that in order
“to create a capable, streamlined state, President Ramaphosa must cut the size of the National Executive, and remove all those compromised, underperforming, and non-performing Ministers. In this first 100 days, he has failed to do such.”
Maimane recommended that
If Ramaphosa is serious about revitalising our economy and ensuring jobs are created, he should at once:
- Reverse the 1 percentage point VAT hike;
- Upgrade the current Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) to a full Youth Wage Subsidy;
- Introducing a National Civilian Service year to provide work experience for the approximately 78 443 unemployed matriculants (from the class of 2016 alone) to enter into work-based training in the community healthcare, basic education or SAPS fields;
- Reverse the decision to cut the Competition Commissions budget, as the Commission is crucial to reducing the concentration of the economy and allowing small businesses to flourish;
- Institute a review of all labour legislation, with a view to liberalise the labour market making it easier to employ people;
- Amend B-BBEE legislation to include internships, bursaries, and funding of schools as legitimate empowerment;
- Reject the proposed amendment of section 25 of the Constitution to expropriate all land without compensation, which creates uncertainty and volatility in the economy;
- Ensure that the 100 000 unpaid invoices, worth over R7.7 billion, between government departments and small businesses, are paid;
- Adopt a City-led economic growth agenda, focusing on cities as the drivers of growth and job creation; and
- Reconsider a blanket National Minimum Wage, which favour the employed at the expense of the unemployed and will cost at least 700 000 jobs, killing many small businesses.
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