Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: The second great shift in the destiny of the new SA

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The end of the beginning, now the real work starts

The period of interregnum between the end of the Jacob Zuma era and the start of the Cyril Ramaphosa era is at long last over.Since Ramaphosa managed to cobble together a coalition to eject Zuma from the Presidency in February last year, we've seen a series of inquiries and investigations that have scratched the surface of the deep malaise the state and government is in. And although these commissions and inquiries have shown many South Africans that there is a commitment to restore the rule of law, Ramaphosa still has not had it his own way.

The ANC's victory in the election and Ramaphosa's formal nomination and election as president however give him a clean start. He has now been endowed with constitutional powers and electoral credibility to make the necessary and wide-ranging changes he needs to in order to restore confidence in governance and the economy.

In this week's edition of the Friday Briefing we publish a series of pieces of advice, perspectives and ideas.

Former president FW de Klerk argues Ramaphosa's election is the second big turning point post-1994 for South Africa. Mukoni Ratshitanga, former president Thabo Mbeki's spokesperson, says the health of the ANC is of vital importance if Ramaphosa is going to succeed, while Thami Ntenteni implores Ramaphosa, on behalf of the ANC veterans, to prevent another era of looting. Professor Jannie Rossouw, head of the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Economic and Business Sciences, argues what the president needs to do in order to get the economy growing.

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Pieter du Toit

Assistant Editor

Financial data analysis graph over world map. Hori

President Ramaphosa's challenge remains the consolidation of his power within the structures of the ANC. He must, at all costs, ward off the threat of any attempt by the Zumaites to have him recalled – as they did with President Mbeki. Beyond that, the core question will be whether he will be willing and able to return to the pragmatic and successful economic policies of Trevor Manuel and President Mbeki.


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Mukoni Ratshitanga

It is a public secret that today, the once formidable movement sadly levitates between ineffectual itinerant poles and a riotous assembly. The inexplicable ventures of many of its congregants are more than likely to be understood through the prism of personal and factional calculi than political logic. When President Cyril Ramaphosa takes the oath of office on Saturday, his mind will be troubled.


May 13, 2019. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa during

ANC stalwarts welcome the return to the values of Luthuli, Tambo and Mandela

Thami Ntenteni

President Ramaphosa has his work cut out for him. The people who have given him the mandate expect him to act in accordance with the true "dictates of (his) conscience". But he must derive solace from the fact that he does not approach this Herculean task alone, the people of South Africa are with him and the tried and tested stalwarts and veterans of the ANC are with him.


Financial data analysis graph over world map. Hori

What we need to fix the economy, now

Jannie Rossouw

Growth in consumption has pushed South Africa to the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff is the point where civil service remuneration, social grant payments and interest on government debt account for all government revenue. Owing to the focus on consumption, these expenditure items increased by 15 percentage points to 70 per cent of government revenue over the past decade.  ANC politicians have consumed everything, including the future of the children of South Africa.




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