- While campaigning, Ramaphosa gave a blunt critique of the Zuma presidency
- He said that the previous administration weakened institutions and led the country "in the wrong direction"
- He said his election would be a second chance for South Africa
While on the campaign trail in Pietermaritzburg, Ramaphosa offered a blunt critique of the Zuma years.
"It was really difficult," he told the crowd. "Things that were meant to be done well were not done well. Institutions were weakened."
Ramaphosa went on to say that the previous administration had led the country in the "wrong direction". He added that he had spent the early months of his presidency removing corrupt figures from government, but did not mention any individuals by name.
He made similar remarks in his address to a crowd at Manor Flats, saying "We know things have not been okay in the past but we are rectifying things."
The president said that his election would be a second chance for South Africa.
The comments came as part of Ramaphosa's Thuma Mina campaign stops, where has been trying to mobilize ANC supporters to cast their ballots for the party in the upcoming elections.
He has visited several communities in the past few days, where his speeches have focused on education, unemployment and land issues. In his address to ANC supporters in KwaDambuza, he also reiterated the party's dedication to root out the misspending of public funds.
"In the ANC we want to do things the right way‚” the president told supporters. "“The ANC can’t do it alone. We got to work together to make sure we build the South Africa of our dreams."
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