- Floyd Shivambu took exception to President Cyril Ramaphosa's comment that government procurement would be reserved for companies owned by women
- Shivambu did not mince his words and called Ramaphosa a liar, referring to the fact that South Africa buys 95% of its PPE's from China
- Social media users were divided with some attacking Shivambu, accusing him of being disrespectful, and others agreeing with him
Floyd Shivambu, the Deputy President of the EFF, has not minced his words. He posted a very strongly-worded upload on social media calling President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa a liar.
Briefly.co.za learned that Shivambu was referring to the statement made by Ramaphosa on commitments that 40% of government procurement would be reserved for businesses owned by women, while pointing out that South Africa still buys 95% of its personal protective equipment (PPE) from China.
"He’s lying. That’s what he always does. He makes commitments like these and will never make any legislative or policy changes. Made same commitments on localisation but still buys 95% of PPE from China. He’s making empty promises and therefore a LIAR."
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he wanted to emancipate women in South Africa by making them more economically independent.
Writing in his newsletter on Monday, Ramaphosa promised that under his governance, women and their economic independence, as well as their safety, would be prioritised.
“This month we begin the implementation of the National Strategic Plan to combat gender-based violence and femicide. A key aspect of the plan is on ensuring greater women’s financial inclusion.This is because economic inequality and social inequality are interconnected. The economic status of women in South Africa makes them more vulnerable to abuse.”
Here are some reactions from social media users, giving us an idea of what some South Africans think of this post:
"The R1.5 billion he promised last year in parliament to assist in fighting gender-based violence? Well, it's still hasn't been allocated, a group of activists confirmed last week. The pathological liar keeps lying."
"An old person does not lie. Except if that old man orchestrated your expulsion from the ANC. Have manners. Ubuntu mannerism."
"Spot on! If PPE was manufactured here our economy would not be struggling. They have put red tape on everything, applying for funding in this country is a pain only those who are connected get it. We would easily open our own factories and make these things ourselves."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africans in July and an important announcement was made. Ramaphosa confirmed that South Africa would remain on lockdown Level 3 but that stricter measures would be applied.
The announcement included the decision to re-implement the ban on the sale of alcohol and not all South Africans are smiling about it. A video has now been circulating on social media, which reveals a woman mocking the president and questioning the reason for the ban.
In other news, the EFF has launched an online store to sell their 'revolutionary regalia'. The supporters can now purchase the party's branded apparel.
Items on sale range from overalls to tracksuits and jackets. The cheapest items include EFF beanies, berets and doeks, which sell for between R60 and R100.
The items do go up in price with the most expensive items being unisex boot sneakers at R1 500 and a long jacket which costs R1 000. A tracksuit will also set you back R950.
The EFF announced the launch on Friday, 10 July and said the initiative was pioneered by talented young individuals.
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