- Ramaphosa has responded to critics who call him a weak president
- He spoke during an interview after returning from a trip to Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emerates
- He refused to dictate to the ANC and was following in the leadership style of Nelson Mandela
President Cyril Ramaphosa has come under fire from his supporters who have accused his for being weak and moving too slow to dismantle the administration of the former president Jacob Zuma.
Following a visit to Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emerates, Ramaphosa revealed in an interview that he was anything but weak.
He reminded South Africa what he had accomplished, he signed $20-billion (R260-billion) in deals with different countries, one of them being a $10-billion (R130-billion) deal with Saudi Arabia.
Briefly.co.za learned that he also denied that he knelt before King Goodwill Zwelithini over the Ingonyama Trust controversy. He refused to dictate to the ANC and was working to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela according to News24.com.
Ramaphosa promised to carry on with his clean up of the government following Zuma's resignation and shed he would work on projects which did not succeed during Zuma's term in office.
To those that accused him of being weak for not acting faster in removing Jacob Zuma from office he responded that he would rather be seen as weak than split the ANC.
He said that he would not act like a dictator and rule the ANC with an iron fist but work in the tradtitional leadership style of the ANC through consensus.
Ramaphosa has his work cut out for him in KZN with the issues revolving around the Ingonyama Trust and the failed ANC leadership conference.
In a perceived contradiction to the ANC's adoption of the land expropriation without compensation Ramaphosa promised that the land under the Ingonyama Trust would not be touched.
In regard to state owned enterprises Ramaphosa has promised to clean them up and fight corruption. He said that he would soon announce a presidential council which would be able to coordinate everything the state does with SOE's.
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