South Africans 'must stop whining'

2013-06-09 09:36
Cyril Ramaphosa

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Johannesburg - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to stop whining about problems in the country, the Sunday Times reported.

"South African must move away from being the biggest whiners," Ramaphosa was quoted as saying during an address to the Black Management Forum in Johannesburg on Friday.

"We must move away from being the biggest complainers."

Ramaphosa said South Africans had a right to criticise, but that if they were going to do so, they should also offer solutions.

"Do not become an armchair critic, get into the scrum and show us what you can do."

Ramaphosa said often big business would complain about matters such as the current unrest in the mining industry, but not acknowledge their role in this.

"Quite often the strikes that we have are a result of the breakdown of relations between workers and business, but quite often fingers are pointed at workers only."

Ramaphosa said it was not solely government who needed to be responsible for solving these kinds of problems.

"I say business wake up. Wake up and ensure that this country moves forward."

People had a right to criticise the national development plan.

"There are no NDP police out there waiting to arrest anyone. It is not a plan cast in stone. It has gaps like any other plan."

Nevertheless, critics should also offer alternatives.

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