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Ramaphosa: ANC will put its affairs to bed

Sep 01 2016 17:30
Liesl Peyper

Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa called upon “all and sundry” to take care of what they say and do to avoid destabilising the country's economy, so that the outside world would not be led to believe government is not functioning.

He was answering oral questions from MPs in the National Assembly and responding to DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who raised the issue of the perceived war between President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

“There is a war between the president and Treasury,” Maimane said. “You yourself said that we couldn’t afford to be a government ‘at war with itself’. What will you do to put this war to bed? How will you make it stop?”

Ramaphosa made a statement to that effect when he was delivering a eulogy at the memorial service of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile in Alice in the Eastern Cape last week.

“It was worrying to have a state that seemed to be at war with itself,” he said at the time, referring to reports that the Hawks had demanded that the finance minister present himself at its offices.

On Thursday in Parliament Ramaphosa conceded that the “the events of the past few weeks have been a concern to many South Africans”.

He called on everybody making “sensational statements” to refrain from saying things that could exacerbate the situation. According to Ramaphosa, processes are under way that will “put the matter to bed”.

Maimane was also referring to the decision by asset manager Futuregrowth to stop lending money to state-owned enterprises unless there is more certainty about how they are being run.

Ramaphosa responded that it is also important that non-government entities, which are “tempted to join the fray”, resist from doing so. “We’re taking all measures possible to ensure economic growth,” he said.

'ANC government its own worst enemy'

FF Plus parliamentary spokesperson on the economy Advocate Anton Alberts said Futuregrowth's move underscores the fact that the ANC government is now its own worst enemy.

In a statement on Thursday, Alberts said the ANC is now succeeding in getting sanctions implemented against itself through its ineptness and internal divisiveness.

“Sanctions were instituted against the previous government, not due to its ineptness, but due to its ideologically racial policy. The ANC is achieving this dubious success through its own ineptness.

“It is now undoubtedly becoming clear that the ANC no longer holds the moral high ground. International organisations will most certainly take note that South African institutions are turning their backs on the country’s government, and a domino effect is on the cards,” Alberts said.


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