Ramaphosa Delivers on Campaign Promise; Initiates Anti-Corruption Drive

Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President who recently came to power has already started spearheading an anti-corruption drive. Stimulating on promises made during the campaign, the President vowed to change everything, and only in his initial days, he has made his intentions pretty clear.

Giving an indication of what’s next, the President has already started dealing with issues inside his party. On Wednesday, his moves meant that the nation’s current Deputy President, David Mabuza, was not sworn into the Parliament.

Ramaphosa announced that Mabuza’s appointment to Parliament was delayed because of the report on him by the African National Congress'(ANC) Integrity Commission. The claims by the report allege that he brought the party into obstreperous. The commission also claims wrongdoing within the party and maintains that ANC leaders should resign from their positions while facing disciplinary proceedings. Other names that were also not sworn into Parliament include two former Cabinet ministers Nomvula Mokonyane and Malusi Gigaba.

“We will have a government that is accountable,” said Ramaphosa, accepting his election in Parliament. “We have a great responsibility to be accountable to the people of the country.” He added. Besides, vowing to take “tough decisions” for the economic growth of his country.

Ramaphosa’s zeal to clean up the mess created inside government is quite clearly visible. His ode of transformation, which includes empowering his nation with economic boost and creating more employment opportunities, is really a major step in the right direction.

“The people voted for change, and change is what you are going to see,” The President said.

However, the only fear with the change is that those left out might retaliate to increase the level of havoc in Parliament. “He should be careful not to find himself sidelining potential allies like Mabuza, who may be strong allies for him against a faction that is opposed to him in the ANC’s party politics,” said political analyst and researcher at the University of Western Cape’s Centre for Humanities Research, Ralph Mathekga.

Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress party won with a majority of 57.5% votes. However, South Africa’s President is not elected directly by votes, but is selected by the Parliament. The number of votes per party in the national election determines how many representatives the parties have in the 400-seat legislature. The members of Parliament then elect the President.

In recently concluded elections, Ramaphosa’s party won 230 seats, while the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance won 84 seats.

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