Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and treasure-general Paul Mashatile walk around on the sidelines of the 54th ANC national elective conference in Johannesburg. Picture: MASI LOSI
Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and treasure-general Paul Mashatile walk around on the sidelines of the 54th ANC national elective conference in Johannesburg. Picture: MASI LOSI

With widespread poverty in SA, largely due to the policies (including looting and corruption) by the ANC and the government, political leaders play fast and loose with platitudes and terms such as radical economic transformation.

Not unexpectedly, the poor and unemployed grasp every syllable in the hope that their pot of gold is waiting at the end of the rainbow.

However, these clichés are factually valueless and delusional.

Hopefully, new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will have a more responsible approach to uplifting the poor and creating employment for the millions without work.

That said, it is clear that Ramaphosa is part of a corrupt government led by President Jacob Zuma and has done little other than pay lip service to the malefic behaviour of his colleagues.

There is still time, however, to pull out of the nosedive thrust upon the country by Zuma and company and we will have to wait and see if Ramaphosa has the talent to lead properly.

The opposition parties are bolstering themselves for 2019, and it is yet to be seen whether the ANC can still recover from the
Zuma disaster.

Nathan Cheiman
Northcliff