- Ramaphosa promises to stamp out corruption
- Zuma gets thanked for the sweets and his stories
- SOEs will be revamped
In the early hours of the morning newly elected president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his closing address. There were a few empty chairs, mostly in the KZN area, notable Dlamini-Zuma supporters.
Ramaphosa took a few thinly disguised swings at Jacob Zuma during his speech. Notably saying that the ANC would no longer be a party of words but a party of action.
He did however mention that he would miss Zuma at meetings and also miss the sweets he used to bring.The positives Ramaphosa mentioned about Zuma were his story telling abilities and his work on HIV/AIDS.
Ramaphosa also said that deployees of the movement should be a source of pride and not embarrassment, as reported by News24. They should be bringing us nearer to a ‘national democratic society’.
Briefly.co.za also learned that Ramaphosa promised to stamp out corruption. There was no direct mention of state capture but it was alluded to in his speech as the influence and manipulation of governance by individuals which led to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) weakening.
The new president of the ANC also said that SOEs would be revamped, and private and public corruption, collusion and economic crimes would be acted against
Ramaphosa reminded members that the integrity commission was independent and that its decisions were binding. He said members should put their personal interest aside and work towards the interest of the party.
Zuma was asked to resign by the integrity commision in 2016 but he refused.
The relationship between Zuma as head of state and Ramaphosa as the head of the ANC is predicted to be tense.
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