- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has come out in defense of President Cyril Ramaphosa
- With the State of the Nation Address around the corner, Mzansi is discussing Ramaphosa's leadership
- But Mbalula insists that just one term in office is not enough time to carry out the reform SA needs
The State of the Nation Address is fast approaching and citizens can gather for themselves where things stand.
The country's state-owned entities are crippled, the lights flicker on and off like the world's saddest disco and unemployment rates are sky-high.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, as the face of the long-serving ANC government, has been facing immense criticism as the situation unfolds.
But, he isn't without his friends and Fikile Mbalula seems to be standing firm in his corner. In response to a report wondering if Ramaphosa is the worst president, the Minister commented:
"In less than a year in office you pose that question boldly? Not even halfway to his term."
The Transport Minister insisted that the reform South Africa so desperately needs will not be an overnight fix:
"President Ramaphosa will not be liked by everyone we don't expect his enemies to like him he is not money, The 6th administration does have a programme it not wield results overnight but we are a govt hard at work. Yes, many of our people are impatient justifiably so."
Mbalula also denies that the current spate of load-shedding is not a calling card of Ramaphosa's regime, insisting that it is a deep-seating issue:
"Loadshedding didn't start with president Ramaphosa its genesis, it's in deep-seated structural deficiencies at Eskom. Something we must correct forever."
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