- President Cyril Ramaphosa is sounding the alarm calling for unity as investor confidence flags
- However, former deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas insists that the president will not be able to save both the ANC and the country
- With infighting in the ruling party on display, the economy is feeling the brunt of the political uncertainty
Former deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas says that President Cyril Ramaphosa is faced with a dilemma: Unify the ANC or save South Africa.
Jonas appears unconvinced that Ramaphosa will be able to achieve both, commenting that:
"The major dilemma that faces the president today is whether he continues striving for the unity of the ANC or must he strive for building a better country, strengthening our democracy and growing our economy? That's the choice that he has to make."
The former deputy Finance Minister claims that the longer Ramaphosa takes to make his move, the more the nation's problems will continue to deepen.
Meanwhile, the president has sounded the alarm while infighting continues to plague the ruling party, reports EWN.
Ramaphosa insists that displaying a divided front is a plague on investment with the economy flagging:
“The investing community, they don’t want to see us fighting among ourselves. When they see us fighting and arguing among ourselves, whether in the governing party or the country broadly, they think that there is political instability."
Briefly.co.za reported that the economy had suffered a 3.2% contraction; added to a stifling 29% unemployment rate, South Africa is facing a grim situation.
However, Ramaphosa is adamant that unity is key in encouraging growth and attracting investors:
“Because where there is unity, there is growth. Where there is no unity, there is no growth and we need to focus on that in a dogged way and invest in our economy."
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