Cyril Ramaphosa is in a cold and lonely place


Cyril Ramaphosa is in a cold and lonely place

It is almost impossible to get rid of delinquent civil servants and bad apples in the ruling party, writes ISMAIL LAGARDIEN. The long good-bye of Tom Moyane provides a case in point.

I HAVE thought long and hard about writing this, mainly because I do not want to come across as hagiographic, nor break any confidences, and I don’t want to seem sycophantic about Cyril Ramaphosa.

Let me get a couple of things out of the way. I am not a member of any political party and I did not vote, but I still think he is the best person for the job. Having said that, I want to discuss two things that may both work to his detriment. The first is his “style” of leadership, and the second is the umbilical tie to the ANC.

I’m sure it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that there are hundreds of thousands of people who would like to see very many politicians and senior public servants imprisoned or summarily dismissed for crime, embezzlement, cronyism, a general lack of ethics and professionalism, incompetence and general corruption. The same can probably be said about the private sector, but for the most part they are not elected by the public or responsible for the delivery of public goods and services...

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