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Ramaphosa confuses everyone with his comments on land

05 March 2018, 14:01

The problem lies with Ramaphosa. He tries to appease the ANC (and EFF) supporters by raising their hopes for repossession and redistribution of the white man's land while simultaneously, and unconvincingly, pacifying whites not to panic.

At the same time he, inexplicably and unrealistically, believes that foreign investors are idiots by assuring them that nothing has changed, don't worry, bring your Euros. He is dead serious when he claims we should not panic, but he is not articulating this message in such a way that, firstly, false hopes are not instilled in blacks, that unfounded fears are eliminated in whites, and lastly, that understandable concerns are allayed in investors.

He dare not, for if he did the truth of his whole land expropriation plan wll reveal that the ANC still do not exactly know how to launch and manage this impossibly difficult plan, just like Zuma had no idea how to afford free education when he so deceivingly announced it.

What Ramaphosa says, and how he says it, should at this be taken with a pinch of salt for he has to create unity in the ANC, recover lost members from the EFF by sounding more radical than Malema, and he has to placate white South Africans and foreign investors by making incongruous or contradicting staments.

A true leader will stand or fall by a fair policy, and articulate it in a way that will maintain order among his people. The country, not the party, comes first. He should realise that there are people with unrealitsic claims, like the EFF, and he should confront them bravely, even if he should lose the votes of some radicals whose expectations have been turned unrealistic by Malema.

We need to see sensible government. 

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