“Magashule Handed Ramaphosa A Loaded …”

Two weeks ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa stood
in front of a multitude, at a Pretoria stadium, with millions more watching on television,
to swear to “obey, observe, uphold, and maintain the constitution, and all other laws of the
Republic”. He’s doing a bad job of it. If he still has any doubt, the constitution
couldn’t be clearer about the powers of his office. Section 84(1) says: “The president has the
powers entrusted by the constitution and legislation, including those necessary to perform the functions
of head of state and head of the national executive.” Section 85(1) says simply: “The executive
authority of the republic is vested in the president”. And yet Ramaphosa, this week, allowed Ace
Magashule to say the ANC “lekgotla reaffirmed the ANC as a strategic centre of power”. That’s how coups d’etat happen. In other words, forget what the constitution
says, undermine it even. The party, obviously with Magashule at the
helm, is in charge. Ramaphosa is sleeping at the switch. In fact, the entire statement, including the
refrain to broaden the mandate of the SA Reserve Bank, reads like a laundry list of instructions
to government. The attempt to undermine the constitution
started some years ago. The ANC used to react angrily, when opposition
parties implied, that handing it a two-thirds majority would allow it to fiddle with the
constitution. No, the constitution was safe in its guardianship,
it said. Then Julius Malema, after his expulsion from
the ANC, started trashing Nelson Mandela’s name, calling him a sell-out. Malema blames the 1994 settlement, for imposing
a constitution, which enshrined property rights, and therefore made it impossible for government
to change South Africa’s economic structure, or fundamentals. The failure of land reform was blamed on the
constitution, which had allegedly tied government’s hand. It was therefore necessary to amend the constitution,
to allow for land to be expropriated without compensation. The fact that the constitution provides for
land reform, the protection of property rights and expropriation, if it is in the public
interest, was brushed aside. A political statement needed to be made. The constitution had to be defiled. Initially, the ANC was against land expropriation
without compensation, but in the lead-up to its conference in December 2017, Jacob Zuma
and his supporters hopped on to the Malema band-wagon, in a vain attempt to outsmart
Ramaphosa. With the ANC now on board, the EFF duly introduced
a bill in parliament, to amend the constitution. And the ANC meekly obliged, by lining up behind
Malema. The debate on the Reserve Bank follows the
same narrative. The abject failure of politicians to deliver
to the people, is being blamed on the constitution, or its institutions. If in doubt, tinker with the constitution. Malema, has again indicated he would introduce
a bill, to nationalise the Bank and broaden its mandate. ANC MPs will have to decide whether to line
up behind Malema and Magashule, or to stand with their president. No doubt Magashule’s utterances have caused
enormous economic damage. But ultimately, the blame lies at the door
of the president. He appears timid and tentative. Each time he stays silent, Magashule’s voice
is amplified many times over. Each time he fails to act, Magashule’s counteractions,
even tiny steps, do even more damage. Magashule is not necessarily a product of
Ramaphosa’s doing, but his belligerence is fuelled by Ramaphosa’s timidity. His stature has increased to such an extent,
that questions are being asked, as to who speaks for the country: him or Ramaphosa? That is dangerous. The irony, is that Ramaphosa was expected
to be more assertive, now that he’s received his own fresh mandate. Instead, Magashule has stolen a march on him. There are those who argue, that the ANC secretary-general
has always been as powerful as its president. But such an argument is not borne out by history. One could not imagine Alfred Nzo, going toe-to-toe
with Oliver Tambo in public, or Ramaphosa publicly denouncing Mandela, or Kgalema Motlanthe
excoriating Thabo Mbeki, however obliquely. There must have been countless disagreements,
but these were dealt with civilly, and behind closed doors. Even Gwede Mantashe who, in Zuma, had the
most lawless office bearer of our age, was never this bellicose. Magashule has gone rogue, and is pushing Ramaphosa
into a corner. Ramaphosa will have to act against him, or
lose all credibility. In fact, he dropped the ball at the very beginning. His supporters had called for a recount at
the Nasrec conference, when it emerged that Magashule may have stolen his victory. Ramaphosa cautioned against it. If a recount had been carried out, Magashule
would have been history. Since then, Magashule hasn’t missed an opportunity
to demean Ramaphosa. He angrily argued with Fikile Mbalula, who
suggested that the ANC would have failed to get a majority, were it not for Ramaphosa’s
popularity. Magashule’s warning, that party members should
not sing praises of leaders who are still alive, was aimed at his bête noire. He never complained, when people sang about
Zuma. Ramaphosa’s silence at this constant provocation,
has merely added fuel to the fire. But this week, Magashule out-did himself. His tweet, contradicting Ramaphosa’s statement
to calm turbulence in the markets, ironically, caused by Magashule’s utterances, is nothing
short of economic sabotage. And to add insult to injury, he claimed his
Twitter account had been hacked: a blatant lie. Magashule has handed Ramaphosa a loaded revolver. Ramaphosa needs to pull the trigger. If he doesn’t, it will be a betrayal, not
only of those who’ve just voted for him, but of the constitution itself. And he’ll become a lame-duck president, a
mere two weeks into his term. Please check in the description box below,
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Maurice Vega

15 Responses

  1. We can either use the freedom we struggled for – to be a healthy democracy where the people control the state – 
    or we can fall into the trap of populists and become a "feudalistic" country, where the state controls the people.

  2. What a pity – South Africa is blessed with so much resources but finds it difficult to get its act together. In a democracy the people get the government they deserve.

  3. We will never be economically free if we still got leaders who serve monopoly capital..nd these guys they holding us hostage..if you mention change which ppl of SA want dey say you harm da economy..was that.?.by just talking..das bullshit..Y dey treat us like dat..let's stand for what belongs to us if it means suffering let it be dan live under threat.

  4. Ramaposa must do something he must stop to be diplomatic and professional deal with this SG Pls we vote for you not for the Corrupt people

  5. South Africa belong to all who live in it ,not directly to Ace Magashule he is not the leader of this country and failed as the peoples of free state how can he prosper a country if a province was big.

  6. President cyril matamela Ramaphosa must take the lead in this country of ours we are hungry for leadership and services delivery like he did at the international labour organisations

  7. Mr President. Get rid of that Zuma cronie….he is a threat for this country and he must be charge with the dairy farm sage in the Freestate….really do something with that man please.

  8. Ramaphosa is not fit to hold office.. while south africans focusing on scrutinizing public protectors fitness to hold office they should also do the same to Mr NEW DAWN Ramaphosa

  9. Even though he can left alone that doesn't matter what is matter is fact and not corruption we vote ANC because of you president Cyril ramaphosa and we are proud of you carry on Mr president we still need you to rule our country till 2035 .

  10. The ANC failed from word go on radical transformation and brought me sweety all new dawn who is friendly to capital its
    I m waiting for his dismissal

  11. Magashule is a thorn in a flesh,he needs to be dealt with decisively,he does not respect the president,he must be thrown out of the ANC with immediate effect,he is an Anarchist

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