Ramaphosa's greatest hour is before him

2019-08-05 11:21
President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Elmond Jiyane/ GCIS)

President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Elmond Jiyane/ GCIS)

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “long game” has served its purpose, but it is now becoming an ultra-marathon to the detriment of fragile, post election sentiments, held by those who saw him as the lesser of two evils, myself being one of them.

Courage is an inseparable trait of good leadership and sadly, CR seems to be badly lacking in this department, hence the open defiance of Ace Magashule, who would appear to be richer in this department than the president. It is, I think, time for the president to grow a spine by “strapping his holster to his hip,” looking the bandit, Magashule and co, in the eye and saying, “Let’s go for the draw.” 

There was, no doubt, a sigh of relief within conservative white circles and other minority groups when Ramaphosa won the ANC presidency ahead of other, dubious ANC candidates. But he has and continues to squander that support by a yellow bellied silence as it relates to serious matters, one, of many, being the open slaughter of farmers all around the country. He has been more outspoken about village latrines (and yes, that is important) than the matter of life and death related to the vitally important matter of food supply for the nation.

The country is on a knife's edge, and the hour is late. Now is the time for you, Mr President, to draw back your shoulders, push out your chest and emerge from the shadows of mediocrity and become the people's champion. I do, along with Madiba of old, believe that you, Cyril, have it in you. We’re praying for you. Your greatest hour lays before you. Please don’t disappoint us.

Pierre van den Berg

Parys, Free State

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