- The former deputy president was scathing of the Zuma years
- She said that his presidency robbed the poor of funds they needed for infrastructure and upliftment
- However, Mlamo-Ngcuka vowed to cast her vote for Cyril Ramaphosa on 8 May
Former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has described the Zuma presidency as nine "terrible years".
However, Mlambo-Ngcuka said she believed the country could move past the problems caused in that era.
She said that, in order to do so, voters needed to give Cyril Ramaphosa support.
Mlambo-Ngcuka, who served as deputy-president under Thabo Mbeki after Zuma was axed from the position, said that the Zuma years were a time of extreme corruption.
She said that this harmed the poor, as it diverted funds to corrupt officials' pockets that could have been used to uplift citizens.
She added that government needed to ensure "that the resources which are meant to put children in schools, pensioners, build infrastructure, do exactly that", according to eNCA.
As a result, Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the integrity and honesty of government to be restored.
However, Mlambo-Ngcuka (who is currently the UN's Director of Women) stressed that she saw Ramaphosa in a different light to Zuma. Consequently, she said that she would be voting for the ANC.
She urged others to do the same, saying that Ramaphosa needed support. She admitted that the task ahead of him was tough even if he does win another term, as it would demand restructuring all of government, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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