South Africa: On Ramaphosa's Presidency - 'People Have the Right to Demand Accountability, but There Has Been Progress' - Khusela Diko

President Cyril Ramaphosa (file photo)
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Daily Maverick asked presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko to give her assessment of President Cyril Ramaphosa's first 100 days in office.

If you could describe in a word what the Presidency has been like for its first 100 days (and beyond) what would that be?

Determined.

The word in the commentariat and from leading business people is "slow". Reform is taking too long and it appears to have stalled. What is your view on this prognosis?

The Presidency accepts that the South African people, rightly so, have expectations of faster reform. This is because of the very real challenges of low economic growth, high unemployment and untenable inequality. The South African people are also right to demand accountability and consequences for those who have been involved in the malfeasance and corruption that has been widely reported over the last couple of years and months.

The president has spoken at length of the interventions we have made in the security cluster and several state-owned enterprises. We have also initiated various measures including the establishment of the SIU (Special...

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