If anyone doubted the sceptical view some of us have of Cyril Ramaphosa, the Hawks raid on The President’s Keepers author, Jacques Pauw’s, home should send a terrifying chill up the spine of every democracy-loving, Constitution-abiding South African.
There can now be no doubt at all, that Cyril I’m-a-Poser is merely paying lip service to fighting corruption and has no ability, or will, to do anything about state capture. My money is on the second option. I’m-a-Poser simply does not care about state capture in the least. His only concern is his party and remaining the captain of the ANC ship to best pursue his own agenda.
It has long been obvious that Ramaphosa was complicit in, if not outright supportive of, Zupta state capture. When the Constitutional Court ruled that Zuma and the NEC had undermined and disrespected the Constitution, the bleating from the ANC benches was, “Oh my! We didn’t know THAT was in the Constitution!” with wide-eyed innocence. Yet, Ramaphosa is the man who, along with Roelf Meyer, basically created the Constitution. How then could he, along with the rest of his party, claim ignorance of it?
It became clear then to any objective observer that Ramaphosa too had sold his political and personal soul to the Silver-Tongued Zupta Devil. Ramaphosa did not defend the document he had co-written. Nor did he criticise Zuma and his henchmen when they bayed for the filleting of the Constitution. Is it any surprise then that Ramaphosa reads from the Bell Pottinger script and motivates the ripping up of the Constitution within weeks of his ascendance to power?
No honest person will argue about the extreme need for land distribution in South African and addressing the crime of centuries of forced removals, but altering the Constitution to allow for uncompensated landgrabs is the same as Trump wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act before anyone had come up with a workable solution to replace it. Ramaphosa mouthing the BLF mantra and supporting the destruction of our Constitution to facilitate land redistribution before he has even come up with a coherent, workable, structured plan for doing so, is every bit as insane as Trump repealing the ACA without doing due diligence beforehand. Mark these words, Ramaphosa will one day echo Trump’s word, “Who knew it was so complicated?”
So many supporters of Ramaphosa’s would have us believe he is a careful man who likes to do everything right and according to the Constitution? And yet here is leading the whooping posse chasing it down?
It should now be clear to even the most casual observer, that Ramaphosa has no intention of fighting state capture. Like the rest of the ANC, he’s only there to feather his own nest. Like suckling pigs fighting for their mothers teats, they shunted Zuma out of the whelping box and are now intent only on gorging themselves.
Not only has I’m-a-Poser retained the proven liar and state capture facilitator, Gigaba, but he has ignored the service of the man most responsible for putting the torpedo into the side of the Zupta ship, Mcebisi Jonas. Far from condemning his criminal predecessor, Ramaphosa has praised Jacob Zuma for doing such a wonderful job of leading South Africa.
Am I the only one who sees a pattern emerging here?
Far from doing everything in his power to save South Africa and sink the bad ship Zupta, it seems more likely that Ramaphosa’s agenda is only to steer the ship to calmer waters, while his deckhands bail for their collective lives, where they can patch up the hull, rename it, and then continue the voyage of looting and plundering.
You may consider my words overly harsh. I don’t believe they are. All Ramaphosa has to do to prove me wrong is... prove me wrong. If he is sincere about fighting corruption and ending state capture, start doing something about it already. He must stop showing off his oratory skills and start demonstrating his manual skills, his doing skills. Stop fretting about egos in his party and start charging those implicated in state capture. And stop harassing the people who exposed state capture, like Jacques Pauw.