SA will bounce back from recession: Ramaphosa

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa will be accompanied by deputy president David Mabuza and members of his cabinet.

File: President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an investigation into donations made to his party presidential campaign.

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will bounce back from the set back of the technical recession.

Ramaphosa is urging South Africans not to panic about the economy's slip into recession. 

He made the comments on the election campaign trail in KwaMashu, near Durban, on Saturday. 

“This is not the time to panic, this technical recession was caused by largely agriculture which had a dip, which we hadn’t expected and which was largely given rise by the late rains, the late harvest and everybody believes it is going to rebound,” said Ramaphosa.

“So we are not really in a recession, economies go through ups and downs and that is the realities that all of us as South Africans we must accept.

“It so happens now that we have got a combination of too many things; we have a combination of high fuel prices which are not our doing, external forces, the weak rand which is also not our doing.”