Instead Davies chose to stay in his post, to hand over a dti that was in better shape, he told the audience.
"The dti is a bit better in some respects than it was when I took over," the minister said.Election or referendum?Davies responded to concerns that President Cyril Ramaphosa is being used to attract votes for the elections, only to be ousted once the ANC comes to power.
He said this was not the case, and if the ANC were elected, Ramaphosa would have the mandate "from the people" to push for reforms and changes he wants to bring about.Davies said he heard the national elections, to be held on May 8, were being treated like a referendum by South Africans.
They could either vote for Ramaphosa, who would lead a process of reform in the country, or "risk something else", namely a DA-EFF coalition government."If we risk something else, it is not going to be nice," he said.
He contrasted the different ideologies of the two parties, saying one – the EFF – believes in the nationalisation of land without compensation, without regard for the impact it would have on living standards, while the other – the DA – believes land reform would put SA in the position Zimbabwe is now trying to bounce back from.