The faction in the ANC in favor of radical economic transformation is using the COVID 19 pandemic as a smokescreen.
And Ramaphosa doesn’t seem to be able to stop it, says John Steenhuisen, interim DA leader.
On Wednesday morning, he said in an online message. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, is becoming increasingly powerful. Thanks to the powers granted her since the state of restriction, she is the de facto president for all practical purposes.
Ramaphosa is just a spectator.
“Her relentless refusal to repeal the ban on smoking is her way of showing the president who is truly in control,” Steenhuisen says.
Dlamini-Zuma has the power to prolong the disaster indefinitely.
The “highly secret” document in which Dlamini-Zuma’s department proposes, among other things, a system of government similar to the current national coronavirus command council for post-pandemic municipal districts, is nothing more than an attempt to seize the powers of provincial and local governments to place the hands of a few.
“To say it is unconstitutional is an understatement. It comes down to a coup.
“It is also an attempt to put unelected national politicians in charge of provincial and local government functions, which is against the will of those people who voted for these governments,” Steenhuisen says.
“What is happening here is that the faction in the ANC supporting radical economic transformation is showing its muscles to the Ramaphosa faction. And they feel comfortable with it because they see poor leadership.
“They are using the Covid-19 crisis as a smokescreen to pull the rug of government under the president’s feet. And he doesn’t seem to have the ability to do anything about it, ”says Steenhuisen.
He says South Africa now has the opportunity to step away from the failed attempt to centralize state power with the Covid 19 pandemic and the “new normal”.
It is now an opportunity to bring about the long-awaited reforms to the economy that Ramaphosa and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni are talking about, but are not implementing.
What is needed for this is true leadership and it is unfortunately not something the country has seen since Ramaphosa announced the state of restriction on March 23.
“We needed someone to take the lead. What we got is a president who is preoccupied with dialogue, issuing and building consensus.