In a statement regarding our President’s first 100 days in office Saftu (South African Federation of Trade Unions) has announced they are not ready to show support for the Ramaphosa-led administration… yet.
IOL reported on these two men and the similarities of the first 100 days in office. Here are our top 5 similarities of their first 100 days:
- Both focused on education and jobs, promising their administration would “fix” South Africa’s economy because of their “new” openness
- Both served their government as deputy state president
- Both men have begun their term with broken economies
- Both faced pressure from the far-left for radical policy shifts. With Zuma it was the calls for the nationalisation of mines in 2009, and with Ramaphosa now, it’s the land expropriation without compensation
- Both were well-liked and seen as approachable by the countryThey backed this statement up stating they were not prepared to make the same mistake Cosatu had made with Zuma, when they defended a Zuma presidency after the former-president’s first 100 days in office.
Interestingly enough, Saftu members who had supported Cosatu in their feelings toward Zuma, after his first 100 days in 2009, have since apologised for their error in judgement.
Briefly.co.za recently reported in an article called State capture a longer process than we ever anticipated, says Ramaphosa, that President Ramaphosa stated, while addressing the South African media at the SA Editor’s Forum, that he viewed the journey forward as a “new dawn“.
This is fairly ironic with Saftu, on the other end, warning South Africa that a Rampahosa-led administration does indeed not welcome in a “new dawn. Zwelinzima Vavi, leaders of Saftu stated that all of the problems created by Zuma are still there and are just getting worse.
“Zuma may have gone, but the African National Congress remains in power, and they cannot now pretend that he was the only problem. ANC ministers, MPs, NEC members and Cyril Ramaphosa all share responsibility for the country’s disaster. Only a handful of them raised any red flags during the nine years in which Zuma was committing all the crimes he is now being charged with,” he said.
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