President Cyril Ramaphosa is still suffering backlash over his 'nine wasted years' comment, implying that SA had suffered under the leadership of Jacob Zuma. The IFP has weighed in with their opinion, reminding the President that he was a part of the government during this time.
The IFP has added their condemnation to the debate around President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'nine wasted years'. The party has dubbed to move as opportunistic and an attempt by Ramaphosa to distance himself from a mess he helped to create.
In an open letter, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, spokesman for the IFP, said it was baffling for the President to lay the blame on ex-president Jacob Zuma, when Ramaphosa had previously loyally defended him:
"You served in the Zuma ANC NEC. Not a word came from you. Instead‚ those who challenged Mr Zuma‚ namely Julius Malema and co‚ were expelled from the ANC under the auspices of the disciplinary processes that you chaired‚"
Hlengwa criticized the President for remaining silent on issues while he was Zuma's 'right-hand man':
"Whenever the seriousness of the implications of the Zuma shortcomings [was raised]‚ you were on the side that spoke of 'collective responsibility'. You cannot shirk that truth now because it is electorally compromising‚"
According to The Sowetan, the spokesman challenged the President to accept responsibility and 'own your ( his) complicity' in the waste:
"Mr President‚ the truth is that during those 'nine wasted years' you stood on the side of the one wasting South Africa away‚ not on the side of the victims of the waste: the people."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Tito Mboweni, who echoed Ramaphosa's sentiments on Zuma, had received backlash from Luthuli House. The ANC felt that the President's comments had been vague, but that the Finance Minister had directly insulted the party.
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