Though I had a few letters published in the Cape Argus in support of Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa” I am cautiously optimistic. I refuse to become overawed by the euphoria as was similar to the American case study regarding former Pres. Barak Obama.
Like Obama, Pres. Ramaphosa is making many promises. Sadly, Obama delivered on few promises and could not even shut-down the globally condemned illegal detention center, Guantanamo Bay. Former Pres. Obama in retrospect was a lame duck, two term president that was “all talk and no result”, sterile waste of time who only gave rise to the megalomaniac President Donald Trump.
What South Africa needs is a “man of action” or perhaps a “woman of promise and action.
Since Pres. Ramaphosa will struggle getting rid of the mess left behind by former President Zuma, I suggest Pres. Ramaphosa appoints Lindiwe Sisulu as his first deputy President. Lindiwe Sisulu is an accomplished, very attractive, well-educated African woman with unquestionable struggle and family pedigree. Her skills and history is very rare in the ANC where women have few genuine skills.
Lindiwe Sisulu must be given the task of eradicating corruption, maladministration, wasteful and fruitless expenditure from the entire South African government. She must be given authority to override any Minister and to investigate Ministers etc. and to suggest the removal of those who fail to achieve “clean audits” as determined by the Auditor General of South Africa.
Pres. Ramaphosa will have to many international obligations etc. to repair and will not have the time and energy to drill and dig deep enough into the belly of corruption etc. as it currently exists.
Deputy Pres. Sisulu must not be burdened with any other obligations besides finding and punishing those responsible for wasting rate and taxpayer’s money. It is obvious that the Public Protector and other State apparatus are toothless in the face of crushing wasteful and fruitless expenditure.
Example, currently many politicians and officials crisscross the globe attending international and regional conferences etc. that will have no genuine impact on local service delivery. Government including municipalities are wasting billions of Rand on activities that have no outcomes at all.
The wasting of resources must stop as it is a crime that so many departments and parastatals attend useless meetings, while locals have limited access to food and water. No more flying up and down and eating lavishly at the taxpayer’s expense.
Cllr Yagyah Adams
Cape Muslim Congress