- Cyril Ramaphosa recently met with the South African National Editor’s forum
- The President thanked the media for the role they played in state capture, but went on to say that the problem was far greater that anyone had ever anticipated it could be
- He also explained how his administration had begun a process of dealing with corruption within the political arena, but added that they had come to realise that it was going to take far longer to deal with the issues as the problems were far greater than they had originally anticipated.
At a recent South African Editor’s forum, President Cyril Ramaphosa met with the South African media to discuss the progress with transforming the African National Congress (ANC) –led administration.
Ramaphosa spent some time thanking the media for their role as advocates striving for a more democratic South Africa.
He commended them on their efforts to uncover the truth behind corruption activities that were rife within the state.
He then went on to discuss the steps his administration had started with. These are rooting out corruption, uncovering untruths and bringing truth and honesty back into the South African government. He also admitted that, despite all the efforts, the clean-up was far from over and stated that it was going to take far longer than any of them had anticipated.
He explained that in order to create a culture of good governance again within the country, time was needed to work on realigning and restructuring processes, systems and in some cases beliefs.
The President added that one of the steps in this process is ensuring that corrupt officials are punished and held accountable.
The publishing of the #GuptaLeaks emails
While attention has been drawn, over the last while, to instances of corruption within government, it was not until the publishing of the #GuptaLeaks emails that the new administration was able to take a step back and piece the bigger picture of state capture together, said Ramaphosa. This was in response to being questioned about how long it has taken for his administration to act on the matter.
“When the Gupta emails came out it became clear that the wheels have actually come off completely‚” he said.
Ramaphosa spent some time talking about the way forward in the country and referred to this as “the new dawn”. He spoke of how the country was moving from a dark place that was not reflective of the country South Africa really is.
He added that his administration was enthused at the opportunity for a new and better change within the country.
The country has definitely had its fair share of drama with state capture, and in our article State Capture book, 'How to steal a country" reads like a crime thriller, we see just how close our reality has become to what is termed a brilliant crime thriller.
Author Wilbur Smith has commented that the book reads like a crime thriller with its details on the allegations of state capture made against Zuma and the Guptas. Definitely non-fiction though, the book was fact checked by Pravin Gordhan and has been dedicated to Thuli Madonsela, Gordhan, the South African press, the judiciary and civil society
Lord Robin Renwick, a former British diplomat, has launched his latest book, How To Steal A Country which details the allegations of state capture in which the Gupta Family along with Jacob Zuma allegedly stole an estimated R200-billion from the country.
He was the former ambassador to South Africa from 1987-1991.
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