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It must be said; the past year has been abominable. The globe has been hit by one of the worst contagions in history and the virus has done a commendable job of exposing some really rotten apples in South Africa. Unfortunately, it has also made us question our leader – President Cyril Ramaphosa.
A ship’s captain is in charge of ensuring the safe and efficient passage of his vessel. He must navigate said vessel according to weather conditions, good or bad, so that the ship and its cargo can reach its final destination. According to maritime tradition, if a ship is sinking, the captain must save every passenger on board before he can rescue himself.
Some would argue that South Africa is a sinking ship and as such, Ramaphosa is taking the flack. PPE corruption, an illicit tobacco trade boom, a butchered economy, a limping hospitality industry, a SOE in self-imposed darkness, and a shoddy vaccine rollout strategy are just the tip of a very large iceberg. It’s issues like these that are causing South Africans to question Ramaphosa’s ability to lead the ANC and the country.
@CyrilRamaphosa should consider HOW INHIBITING the cost of lockdowns are. It costs lives, jobs, sanity, immunity.
— TheBrenda #UnbanIverMectin (@ladyb33zar) January 5, 2021
“In the South African context ‘fast’ and ‘vaccine deployment’ can’t be used in the same sentence,” says
“The only thing Ramaphosa and his capitalism-dripping commie-cadres have perfected, is the Art of Incompetence. Deflection remains a big fail,” writes
Increasingly, comrade Cyril is behaving like a puppet on an ideological string. Who and where is the puppet master?”
Is Ramaphosa simply doing as he is told?
More recently, Ramaphosa spoke out at the virtual World Economic Forum, urging rich nations to stop hoarding vaccines. His thoughts on ‘vaccine nationalism’ weren’t well received by South Africans, who believe the ANC only had itself to blame.
When it was announced that a R200bn loan programme – one of Ramaphosa’s plans to shore up a South African economy ravaged by Covid-19 – may not even reach 10% of its target, community members were less than surprised.
Surely banks are complicit in a crime if they know the money will used corruptly and the tax payer must foot the bill
— Chris Tanner (@ctannerza) February 3, 2021
On 5 February, head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Advocate Andy Mothibi, gave the media a chilling overview of the outcome of investigations into allegations on Covid-19 PPE corruption. He explained that a total of 2,556 PPE contracts (to the value of R13.3bn) were under investigation.
“It is worth emphasising that the SIU investigations have revealed a flagrant and wanton disregard of the applicable law, policies and procedures. My observation is that the flagrant and wanton disregard is underpinned by insatiable pursuit of self-enrichment. That cannot go unpunished. We therefore have to ensure that the responsible officials and private sector parties identified should be harshly punished and clear message be sent out to the would be maladninstrators and the corrupt that action will be taken against them,” he said.
“It is disheartening to see state officials in all spheres of government, who have been called to serve the people of South Africa being implicated in unlawful and illegal activities in procurement processes that are meant to benefit the public with corrupt intent to unduly benefit themselves and their friends and or relatives to the prejudice of the state and of the public. If corruption is not tackled by all in society, it has a potential to weaken State’s capacity to deliver basic services like water, electricity, roads, housing, healthcare and education. I appeal to public servants and those in position of power and responsibility to serve the people of South Africa with integrity and pride.”
#CorruptionPandemic Mothibi says a total of 2,556 #PPE contracts were awarded to state institutions – valued at R13.3bn. He adds that 1,774 service providers were linked to these contracts. @etvNewsSA
— Rianté Naidoo (@RianteP) February 5, 2021
With the State of the Nation Address coming up on 11 February, disillusioned South Africans are also wondering what the president could possibly have to say.
Any bets on what @CyrilRamaphosa will talk about in his SONA? First half he’ll blame Covid, second half he’ll blame apartheid!! 🤬🤬
— miraaikie B (@miraaikie) February 9, 2021
— Glenn (@GlennfromZA) February 9, 2021
Pres @CyrilRamaphosa isn’t my favorite however 1 wonders, how was he supposed to know that vaccine that only expires in Apr 21 would not be as effective to fight against the new variant. He’s not a medical expert 4 heavens’ sake! Is it him at fault or medical experts responsible?
— Kabelo Mabeleng (@Kabs_Mabeleng) February 9, 2021
U gotta think they phoned the Guptas to assist with thee procurement of ths vaccine.
— and we broke the world (@guyinthecorner1) February 8, 2021
This is the type of leadership that results to endless loadshedding.
— Mthuli (@Mthuli4) February 7, 2021
Dear President @CyrilRamaphosa – let it be a surprise – looting has been going on for decades. #ComradeCrookGuys are everywhere. You have surrounded yourself with dunderheads, many (if not most) of who are part of the problem. Your monologues aren’t helping. Sit up, dude…
— 🙄🙄🙄 Maggs Naidu (@maggsnaidu) February 9, 2021
I can think of some other words to use here
— Arie koch (@arie_koch) February 9, 2021
To be a president of a country is a mammoth task yet after Thabo Mbeki the presidency did not step up to the plate. There must be something wrong with those who elect the leaders.
— Gabyj (@gabyj1) February 9, 2021
I remember @CyrilRamaphosa stating that there will be regular performance reviews of all the parli members. Soo.. have they been done? Where can we access the docs?
— Pricilla73 (@Pricilla732) February 10, 2021
Cyril Ramaphosa is definitely not saviour South Africans thought he is. The entire ANC has just lost the plot. Current PPE looting and more showed us that ANC will never recover. Now it’s up to the voters to do the rest. Get rid of these ANC gangsters.
— Mm Qwashu (@MmQwashu) February 9, 2021
Here’s a good debate:
Does @CyrilRamaphosa thread carefully around the Zuma alliance so as to prevent him being booted & protect SA from scavengers or make a do or die move & make the bold unpopular decisions SA needs….history will tell
— ONLY UNITY CAN TAKE US FORWARD (@firepower66) February 10, 2021
“South Africa faces serious setback in its AstraZeneca vaccination campaign – government turns to Plan B” our setback is the government and thieves in power @CyrilRamaphosa
— Johan Troskie (@jmtros) February 8, 2021
For South Africans, could it be reaching a point of, ‘Ramaphosa must fall’?
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