- The EFF has strongly condemned the appointment of ex-minister Trevor Manuel as part of Ramaphosa's African Union Covid-19 envoy
- The envoy has been tasked with obtaining support for Africa during the crisis
- However, the Red Berets feel that Manuel will be serving the interests of his 'handlers', not the people
The Economic Freedom Fighters are up in arms over the deployment of Trevor Manuel as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Special Envoy of the African Union.
In a statement on the situation, the political party called on the entire continent to reject Manuel's appointment
"The EFF calls on the African continent to reject Ramaphosa's appointment of Trevor Manuel as Special Envoy of the African Union. In this role, Manuel is supposed to mobilise international support for Africa's efforts to address economic challenges faced by the continent during the spread of Covid-19."
The Red Berets are adamant that Manuel will fail in the task handed down to him, claiming that he would have sinister intentions
"Manuel is a puppet of White Monopoly Capital with no creative or genuine ideas of how to develop the continent. In his entire contribution in post-apartheid South Africa, Manuel has worked to entrench the power of white monopoly capital. The only support he will ever mobilise is that of his handlers, white monopoly power and its racist control of economic resources in the continent."
In a statement announcing the members of the envoy, Ramaphosa lauded Manuel as the longest-serving Minister of Finance:
"Mr Manuel was the longest-serving Minister of Finance in the Republic of South Africa and formerly headed the country’s National Planning Commission. In 2018 he was appointed as an Investment Envoy by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to engage domestic and international investors as part of the country’s national investment drive."
Joining Manuel in the effort to limit the spread of the virus will be economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr Donald Kaberuka and banker Tidjane Thiam.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa had acknowledged the support provided thus far as the chair of the AU:
“The African Union is immensely encouraged by the support that has been extended by the international community thus far. It is an affirmation that as nations of the world, we are all in this together. We must now focus on efforts to marshal every resource at our disposal to ensure that this pandemic is contained, and does not result in the collapse of already ailing economies and financial systems on the continent."
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