- DA federal chair Helen Zille has accused the president of copying the DA's notes
- Zille claims Cyril Ramaphosa has adopted the opposition party's phrases
- This comes after Ramaphosa revealed plans to build a 'capable state'
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Helen Zille has shaded President Cyril Ramaphosa for apparently 'adopting' Democratic Alliance phrases.
Briefly.co.za reported that the president had laid out his plans to build a 'capable state' that seeks to have state-owned enterprises running smoothly and contributing to the economy, as they should:
“A capable state starts with the people who work in it. Officials and managers must possess the right financial and technical skills, and other expertise. If we all work together to build a more capable and developmental state, we will be that much closer to realising the SA that we all want.”
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This prompted Zille to take to social media, accusing Ramaphosa of taking an old page out of the Democratic Alliance's book:
"I suppose using the right words represents progress. The President has now adopted the phrase "capable state" that we have used for over a decade. Similar to "state capture" that we used for almost 20 years before it was "discovered" by the media in 2015."
SowetanLIVE reports that, while it remains unclear when the opposition party first coined the term, it does indeed form part of its values and principles.
However, some careful digging revealed that the term 'state capture' was first used by the World Bank at the beginning of the new millennium already.
Following allegations of widespread corruption within the ranks of the government, the term became popular in Mzansi.
In addition to building this 'capable state', Ramaphosa has also vowed to put an end to the politically-connected enjoying jobs they simply aren't qualified for.
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