- President Ramaphosa says the ANC is finally in a better position to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans
- Ramaphosa was speaking at a special event honouring the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- The president slammed his predecessor saying many of the early gains made in the early years of the new South Africa had been reversed in the last decade
President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the African National Congress (ANC) is finally in a better position to deliver its mandate of improving the lives of ordinary and poor South Africans. Ramaphosa said this would take place through fast-paced acceleration of transformation in the economy and society at large.
Ramaphosa was speaking at a special memorial event held in honour of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Johannesburg. The president covered a variety of topics which included unifying the ANC and working together to fulfil Madikizela-Mandela’s dream of a transformed society.
Ramaphosa slammed the administration of former president Jacob Zuma without actually naming his predecessor. Ramaphosa said many of the great early gains in the socio-economic transformation which had been made in the early years of democracy had been overturned in the last decade.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa did not mince his words and lay the blame for the current state of the economy on state capture, corruption, policy uncertainty and the national leadership of the ANC becoming hopelessly out of touch with ordinary South Africans.
IOL.co.za reported that Ramaphosa said the current ANC leadership had identified the weaknesses which came before and would be implanting steps to redress these mistakes.
Ramaphosa said the ANC needed to take what it could from the lessons of bad leadership and bad governance to ensure that those mistakes are never repeated again.
EWN.co.za reported that Ramaphosa recommitted the ANC to fulfilling its mandate of creating a better life for all in the country and the party would be guided by Madikizela-Mandela’s preaching’s that the needs of the poorest of South Africans should be the ANC’s top priority.
To this end, Ramaphosa praised the newly introduced national minimum wage which he said would immediately benefit around 6.6 million South African workers and their families.
Ramaphosa later turned to unity within the party saying it was a non-negotiable if the ANC hoped to retain its majority in Parliament after the 2019 general election.
The president noted that the divisions within the ANC were one of the greatest concerns Madikizela-Mandela had in her final months. Ramaphosa said Madikizela-Mandela feared the ANC would become irrelevant in modern South Africa if infighting by various factions were allowed to continue.
Ramaphosa said the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) was locked in meetings for most of Sunday to discuss ways to forge a new era of unity. He added that NEC members were making great progress and were finding each other.
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