What a difference a week can have on one’s view of the past.
Last week, while at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Cyril Ramaphosa made a contentious statement in which he referred to his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s term in office as “a wasted nine years”. A week later, while addressing scores of ANC supporters gathered at the Galeshewe Stadium in the Northern Cape, Ramaphosa appeared to backtrack on these sentiments, declaring: “In the past few years, the ANC has moved South Africa forward in a meaningful way.
”He went on to say that the ANC had touched South Africans in a manner that far exceeded all other political parties. “When we travel around the world, people always say: ‘We admire you South Africans for the progress you have made coming out of the nightmare that was apartheid,’” said Ramaphosa.
However, he was quick to add that these achievements did not mean that the party should rest on its laurels, but rather, that “this should embolden the party to strive to do even more”.The president was addressing ANC supporters in Kimberley as the party held its provincial manifesto launch on Saturday morning.
The event – and in particular, Ramaphosa’s address – coincided with the Economic Freedom Fighters’ election manifesto launch, which took place at the Giant Stadium in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.