15 May 2019

South Africa: Dear Mr President, Beware the Long Knives As You Try to Build ANC Unity

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Uprooting corruption is a mammoth task, especially when so many within the ANC are plotting against the president. But unless Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds, we could be headed down the Nigerian path of institutionalised graft, writes Sello Lediga.

Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa,

Fikile Mbalula and Ace Magashule, both from the Free State, lightened up the election campaign mood when they disagreed publicly whether it was you who saved the African National Congress from certain defeat, or whether, like Jacob Zuma, it was your party that catapulted you to the highest office in the land. Their public spat was in bad taste and reflected badly on the unity of the ruling party.

However, what is incontrovertible is that all polls are unanimous that you have become more popular than your corrupt party that has bankrupted the state under the leadership of your predecessor, Jacob Zuma. Indeed, had you lost at Nasrec, Zuma would still be president and the ANC would be preparing to warm the opposition benches in the National Assembly and in several provinces.

The 57% that the people of South Africa gave you as a person should not be taken for granted. The people, black and white, have generously given...

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