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SA at risk of becoming a banana republic: Ramaphosa

eNCA / 21 October 2017 - 5:38pm / STAFF REPORTER

POTCHEFSTROOM - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is critical of the latest cabinet reshuffle.

He was addressing the North West Chamber of Commerce on Saturday where he touched on issues, including the economy, skills development and state capture.

Ramaphosa seemingly has a different approach to governance from that of President Jacob Zuma and he’s not impressed about the frequent changes of senior government officials.

File: Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the North West Chamber of Commerce on Saturday where he touched on issues that include the economy, skills development, and state capture. Photo: eNCA

“In the recent past when the cabinet was reshuffled, that in itself introduced instability. Instability in the sense that the minister who were reshuffled had just been in their positions for a few months. Now they are in new positions and have to learn the workings of new departments," says Ramaphosa.

“We’ve seen how director generals, key officials in government, have been removed. There have been shifts on an ongoing basis to the point where the South Africa Institute of Race Relations released a report and said the instability with regard to the tenure (of) Director Generals, Chief Directors and key officials in government has weakened government effectiveness and that is something that is worrying.”

The deputy president used the platform to once again speak out against state capture and corruption.

He says South Africa runs the risk of becoming a banana republic if corruption is normalised.

"In the end, it has a negative impact on what we should be doing for the poor people in our country, so it is important therefore to talk about it, much as some people would have us not say anything about corruption," Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa believes active citizenry will be crucial in rooting out corruption.

eNCA

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