Mukoni Ratshitanga
5 minute read
17 Jan 2020
6:43 am

ANC statement full of omissions, evasions and silences

Mukoni Ratshitanga

There is a sense in which, as correctly as it has identified the priorities, the statement communicates a state of normalcy in a time of crisis.

Mukoni Ratshitanga.

As is the nature of such things, the ANC January 8 Statement delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Kimberley last Saturday was an appraisal of South Africa according to the party. The question exercising the minds of those who listened to Ramaphosa and, subsequently, read the statement is whether the account was accurate and the prescription of what needs to be done to address the problems we face adequate. The statement arguably contained some remarkable silences, omissions and evasions. Albeit important, the lengthy historical voyage which the statement undertook was somewhat of a tedious overkill. Were the drafters perhaps making...