WATCH: Were dead serious about corruption, Ramaphosa says


Cyril Ramaphosa addresses WEF breakfast

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JOHANNESBURG – The new African National Congress (ANC) leadership is ready to take the country forward, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

He was speaking at the pre-World Economic Forum (WEF) breakfast in Sandton, where he addressed various issues relating to the country’s economic status and corruption in government.

The newly-elected ANC President, who narrowly beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the party’s elective conference in Johannesburg in December, will lead a government and business delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

He urged leaders in government to work together in strengthening state-owned entities (SOEs).

“I would like us to work together to stabilise SOEs and good governance… We need top class leadership in SOE&39;s to avoid governance mishaps,” Ramaphosa said.

"The time has come out for us for stop coming out with doubtful messages on SOE&39;s. I would like us to appoint credible boards to SOE’s… We are in the process of looking at that."

He said the country is open for business many requests were getting in by the hour.

"When we say we are open for business, we mean it in earnest."

Ramaphosa also hinted at rooting out corruption in government, saying that political uncertainty is no longer an issue and the new leadership can take the country forward.

"We are deadly serious about addressing corruption."