SA stands on the threshold of a promising era with Ramaphosa as president - ANC

2019-05-25 16:53
Cyril Ramaphosa alongside the military following his official inauguration. (GCIS)

Cyril Ramaphosa alongside the military following his official inauguration. (GCIS)

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The ANC congratulated its leader Cyril Ramaphosa on being inaugurated as president of the country on Saturday.

"We are humbled by the confidence that the people of South Africa, from all walks of life, have shown in his leadership," said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.

He said they were confident Ramaphosa would uphold his oath of office.

"Like the generation of ANC leaders that came before him, we are certain that Cde Ramaphosa will continue to serve the people of South Africa with dignity, integrity and selflessness," said Mabe.

"His inauguration today must truly represent the dawn of a new era. Indeed, South Africa stands on the threshold of a promising era of effective and efficient government, service delivery, inclusive growth as well as clean and corruption-free governance."

The ANC believed Ramaphosa had the capacity and commitment to lead South Africa in the fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as the 6th democratically elected president of South Africa amid much fanfare. The event at Loftus Versfeld stadium saw ordinary citizens, opposition parties and dignitaries join in on the celebrations. After taking his Oath of Office, the president highlighted a myriad of issues from corruption, poverty to joblessness, gender and unity.

Support of the DA

DA leader Mmusi Maimane congratulated Ramaphosa and wished him well.

"If the President does what is in the interest of South Africa and is genuine about economic reform, he will have the full support of the DA."

Maimane wanted to see a slimmed down cabinet with strategic changes.

One of his suggestions was to reduce the economic cluster to three key ministries - finance, state-owned entities and jobs - to enable "more coherent economic policy".

Maimane also wants to see a new Jobs Minister liberalise labour legislation and commit to visa reform to boost tourism and investment.

Mergers

He believed the sports ministry should be merged with basic education to achieve bottom-up transformation in sports, while science and technology should be merged with higher education to better foster innovation.

"President Ramaphosa needs to use the opportunity to be honest with the nation about and explain to people why populist solutions, no matter how attractive they may appear, will ultimately lead to South Africa’s downfall, as they have done in Zimbabwe, Venezuela and elsewhere," said Maimane.

He believed Ramaphosa should convene a race and reconciliation summit to work towards a shared future.

"President Ramaphosa will have my full support when he prioritises the national interest over his party’s interest. Beginning with these reforms would be a huge step in the right direction. We wish the president well."

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