Citizen Reporter
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23 Apr 2017
8:22 pm

Ramaphosa: ‘Money in bags and envelopes has become big’

Citizen Reporter

Ramaphosa has criticised 'private individuals' who influence state appointments, further urging the ruling party to address the 'elephant in the room'.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Chester Makana

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa slated President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas during his address at the South African Communist Party’s Chris Hani Memorial Lecture at the Babs Madlakane Hall in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage.

In his speech, Ramaphosa said while there were those within the alliance who said the ANC was in a deep crisis, some may want to contest the use of words such as “crisis” and “rot” to describe the current situation.

“The undeniable reality is that the democratic movement is undergoing a period of greater turbulence and uncertainty than at any time since 1994.”

There was a strong sense that the ruling party no longer represented hope for a better life, he said.

Ramaphosa further addressed allegations about “private individuals” who influence state appointments and procurement decisions, saying they should be “a matter of grave concern to the movement”.

The deputy president was referring to the Gupta family that has been accused of influencing state appointments, with former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas once saying he was offered R600 million and the finance minister position by the controversial family.

“These practices threaten the integrity of the state, undermine our economic progress and diminish our ability to change the lives of the poor.

“These activities, if left unchecked, could destroy the revolution,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa said the state capture allegations should be put to rest, calling for the ruling party to establish “an effective, credible mechanism” to investigate the claims.

“Those that have evidence will be able to come forward. Those that have been unfairly implicated will have an opportunity to clear their names.

“Unless the ANC addresses these challenges, we can be certain that our electoral support will continue to slide.”

The deputy president further touched on the divisions within the ruling party which he says were a result of President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle.

“The manner and form of the cabinet reshuffle a few weeks ago heightened tensions within the movement, causing some comrades to engage in bitter exchanges in public statements and on social media.

“Over many years, the unity of the democratic movement has been gradually eroded as the politics of patronage, factionalism, vote-buying and gate keeping has become more widespread.”

If this is not addressed, according to Ramaphosa, the ruling party will continue to lose votes.