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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa staged a political come-back following a successful business career after being snubbed for the position as the country’s president. But Ramaphosa may have played his cards wrong by aligning himself with President Jacob Zuma and failing to act in any decisive way against the corruption and financial mismanagement that have characterised the Zuma administration. Under Zuma, the economy has shrunk, unemployment has risen and people are feeling poorer as inflation has pushed up the cost of living. People are showing their anger with increasing frequency. Earlier this week, Daveyton residents signalled their discontent with the way government is treating its citizens. News24 reports that the crowds booed and chanted ‘voetsek’ to Ramaphosa as he took to the podium to address them at a World Aids Day event. Like elsewhere in the world, politicians – and radicals – outside the mainstream are gaining currency in South Africa. As Ramaphosa’s star wanes, expect the likes of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Julius Malema to attract more supporters who are promising to do things very differently. South Africans, like Americans and Europeans, want change after seeing no meaningful improvement to their lives over several decades. – Jackie Cameron
By Lizeka Tandwa, News24
Johannesburg – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and a delegation of ministers received a hostile welcome from some Daveyton residents during a World Aids Day event on Thursday.
As Ramaphosa took to the podium to address the crowd at the Mabina Stadium, a large group started booing and chanting “voetsek”.
Community volunteers who work with HIV-infected youth said they had not been paid for seven months.
They held placards which read “7 months without pay”, “Voetsek to the minimum wage” and “We want our money now”.
Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina pleaded with the crowd to calm down.
“I will come and listen to your concerns, but we must let the programme continue,” Masina said, as the crowd continued relentlessly.
Masina, along with a squad of bodyguards, then marched to the stands with the volunteers. He was soon chased away by the crowd.
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The mood of the crowd shifted soon after Ramaphosa started his address, when he said he and government were working towards addressing the concerns of community workers.
The crowd’s boos then turned to resounding cheers as Ramaphosa explained that government was in the process of attending to the minimum wage bill proposal.
At least 2 000 people attended the event. Also in attendance was Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
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