African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to comments by former President Thabo Mbeki on the country’s problems. He was speaking at the party’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial conference in Durban.
Last week, Mbeki spoke at the memorial to the late ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte and berated the leadership for not having a plan to resolve the crises the country is facing.
Mbeki says he fears corruption could lead to South Africa’s own Arab Spring.
“There is no national plan for these challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” says Mbeki.
“We have to address the municipalities. You’ve seen all these Auditor General’s reports that keep coming out pointing fingers at the councils, especially the ones that are run by the ANC. What message are we conveying to these masses? One of my fears is that one day we will have our own version of the Arab Spring,” says Mbeki.
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Mbeki’s comment prompted Ramaphosa to respond.
“While we all agree that our primary goals are to boost the economy, create jobs and reduce poverty and inequality, we must remember that the jobs problem and challenge did not start yesterday. It didn’t start two years ago. We have been living with this problem for a number of years and have engaged among the social partners to find or create steps that we need to take to address all these challenges through a social pact.”
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