Martin Williams
3 minute read
5 Jan 2022
8:18 am

Why praising the DA can’t save Ramaphosa

Martin Williams

Our constitutional order is under attack. Ramaphosa is midwife and custodian of that order.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (C), addresses the media as a fire continues to burn in the South African Parliament buildings, in Cape Town on January 2, 2022. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP)

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s admission “we do have one city that works … one province that works” is significant. Much of what Ramaphosa says is crafted by speech writers. But on Sunday he spoke in the heat of the moment at a media briefing where parliament buildings were on fire. Context matters. This is the venue where he was in charge of ushering in our founding constitution. Sunday must have been especially emotional for him. After all, we are less than six months away from what he called a failed insurrection, where arson featured. The free-roaming insurrectionists still yap at his...