Cyril Ramaphosa’s swearing in as SA president marks a potential new beginning for our country. I congratulate him and wish him well. If he is genuine about reforming the economy for investment, growth and jobs, he will have the DA’s full support. Urgent reform is now critical. Ramaphosa has a window of opportunity, a honeymoon period to administer the bitter pills that can arrest our slide and set us on course for sustained progress. Failure to undertake the necessary changes will lead to a ratings downgrade to junk status, bankruptcy and widespread unnecessary suffering. Ramaphosa needs to use the opportunity to be honest with the nation about the structural reform SA needs to reverse our decline and ensure long-term success. He should explain to people why populist solutions, no matter how attractive they may appear, will ultimately lead to SA’s downfall, as they have done in Zimbabwe, Venezuela and elsewhere. Performance must be measured by falling unemployment and poverty rates,...

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