Ramaphosa SONA reply

Ramaphosa has been part of the ANC for almost 30 years (Gallo Images / Die Burger / Lulama Zenzile)

Eastern Cape crowds praise Ramaphosa as he takes aim at Zuma, ‘launches’ his campaign

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa over the weekend unofficially kicked off his campaign for ANC presidency in the Xhosa heartland, with a pretty strong message for some within the ruling party.

Ramaphosa SONA reply

Ramaphosa has been part of the ANC for almost 30 years (Gallo Images / Die Burger / Lulama Zenzile)

Cyril Ramaphosa has hit the ground running – he would have to, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is being helped by her ex-husband and his allies in business and government – in the race for the ANC presidency.

Speaking at the SACP’s Chris Hani Memorial Lecture in KwaNobuhle, the deputy president threw some serious shade at camp Zuma, as well as the Gupta family; saying the ANC is at risk of losing elections if they don’t self-correct immediately.

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Hundreds of ANC members serenaded Ramaphosa and former deputy finance minister and victim of Zuma’s assault on Treasury, Mcebisi Jonas, with the song “We don’t want Zuma, we want Cyril,” in isiXhosa.

Referring to former Public protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial recommendations on her State of capture report – that implicated several currently serving government officials, including the president; Ramaphosa insisted that a judicial commission of enquiry be set up to investigate everyone on Madonsela’s list.

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“The allegations that there are private individuals who exercise undue influence over state appointments and procurement decisions should be a matter of great concern to our movement,” Ramaphosa said, saying he also stands behind Madonselas’s recommendation that accusations of state capture by the Guptas also be investigated thoroughly.

“These practices, where you have the sense, that decisions are being taken elsewhere, they threaten the integrity of the state, undermine our economic progress, and diminish our ability to change the lives of our people,” Ramaphosa said.

“These activities, if left unchecked, could well destroy our revolution,” he said, adding that the ruling party must see to it that a commission of enquiry, made up of credible individuals, be set up to investigate.

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“I support, there should be a judicial commission of inquiry. It is possibly the only process that will be able to get to the bottom of these allegations and determine the truthfulness or lack thereof.”

Taking aim at some within his own party, Ramaphosa accused members of buying votes for candidates in the ANC upcoming electoral conference in December.

“The problem is money. Money has come in between us, and today there is patronage, there is money being passed around, in bags, paper bags and brown envelopes.”

“As we are leading to the conference, money has become the currency of buying favours and votes. That is already happening,” Ramaphosa said.

The deputy president, who’s recent comments about leadership saw him take a hard line on Jacob Zuma’s actions, told delegates at the memorial that the ANC will most certainly start losing elections if something’s not done to cut the rot out of the party.

“If we continue in the way that we are, I promise you, that support is going to continue going down, and the ANC could lose power.”

You can watch the deputy president’s full speech hosted by eNCA here: