SONA19: Ramaphosa needs South Africa behind him - Roelf Meyer

SONA19: Ramaphosa needs South Africa behind him - Roelf Meyer

Roelf Meyer, a former apartheid minister who helped usher in democratic rule, says that President Cyril Ramaphosa needs South Africa behind him in order to turn the tide as the State of the Nation Address is underway.

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South Africa might have had its rocky patches over the years, but now more than ever President Cyril Ramaphosa needs the nation behind him, says Roelf Meyer.

Speaking at the State of the Nation Address, the ex-minister says that the president needs to lay out how he intends to 'reshape the country' following the last years of turbulence:

“There’s a lot of expectation, including from myself, to say the next five years are going to be critical for all of us as South Africans, so if President Ramaphosa and his team can lead us through this in a way that we can reshape the country towards a much better situation we are coming from in the last ten years, then I think it would be the right tone and as far as I’m concerned he needs all the support that South Africans can give him.”

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Meyer and Ramaphosa had been the chief negotiators for the old National Party and the ANC to lead discussions that would go on to bring about democracy in South Africa, reports The Citizen.

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