Ramaphosa's speech indicates leadership contradictions: Analyst

Newly elected president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa during the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 18, 2017. Photo: REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG – Political Analyst Karima Brown believes there are contradictions between Luthuli House and the Union Buildings.

She was reacting to African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden January 8 Speech in East London on Saturday.

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She says Ramaphosa’s speech gave clear indications of a party that makes policy and a government that is no longer representative of it.

“In a real way, they are not the leadership,” Brown said.

She says only time will tell whether or not President Jacob Zuma’s government does what the party sets out.

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“Of course, we have to measure the extent to which some of the people like Msobenzi Zwane and others will in fact comply with the marching orders coming from Luthuli House.”

Another analyst Ibrahim Fakir believes Ramaphosa is trying to stamp his authority on the party.

“I think it’s an attempt to say I have an agenda, which is premised on four things,  which is to integrate, consolidate, unite and advance. I think those four themes is what underpinned this January 8 statement,” he explained.

Ramaphosa also hit out at those who try to divide the party and issued a warning that they would be dealt with.

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