Speaking at an event hosted by the Ubuntu Foundation and Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Cape Town on Friday, Bonang Mohale expressed how South Africa should give Cyril Ramaphosa a chance, as he has been walking on a tight rope to get the country back on a better footing.
Mohale urged South Africans to be patient with the pace of progress President Ramaphosa is making.
“He is walking on a tightrope. We have to be sober when we take decisions. Our country is on a downward [trajectory], but we must not give up hope.”
According to Fin24, Mohale added that Cyril was a gift SA received in December 2017 and said that Ramaphosa could very well be SA's last chance. Mohale said that SA's potential is high but because of the choice of poor leadership in the past, the country had impoverished itself.
Mohale believes that SA was on a trajectory that would have meant gross domestic profit (GDP) growth of 6 percent and employment of 16 percent, if it was not for the Zuma years in power.
Mohale used the following metaphor to emphasise what he meant.
"When you tell the wolf to look after the chicken, the wolf will do what comes naturally to him. So, when you expose people to huge resources they are not used to, it is possible that will act in their own interest and not in the best interest of SA," said Mohale.
He added that the government underestimated that and now Eskom alone has lost R600bn. He said it was the cardinal mistake they made to think their leaders were incorruptible.
However Fin24 reported that during question time, Mohale was faced with some interesting questions. One columnist questioned Mohale on why Ramaphosa is discussing SA's future with people who should be in prison, but he quickly responded that he still thinks Ramaphosa is SA's last hope, and avoided the question.
Mohale also suggested that the country thank the whistleblowers of the Gupta-leeks because if it was not for them, Zuma will still be asking what is State-capture? Mohale also stated that he is aware that the ANC needs to take corrective action immediately.
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