South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to attain “hope and renewal” as he was inaugurated at a stadium in the capital Pretoria.
The African National Congress (ANC) leader vowed to fight corruption and rejuvenate the struggling economy.
Ramaphosa was elected earlier this month with a majority of 57.5%, the smallest since the party came to power 25 years ago.
Mr Ramaphosa initially took over from Jacob Zuma in 2018 after Mr Zuma was accused of corruption.
At margins of the United Nations General Assembly President Donald Trump declined bilateral talks with South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa.
Reportedly US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will have a meeting with International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu to clarify the situation in South Africa upon request of the US President, who expressed concerns with ongoing brutal murders of farmers.
In a tweet a month ago President Trump asked Secretary Pompeo to clarify the situation at “land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers”. Sisulu admitted at the time to being “taken aback” by Trump‘s tweet, which followed a report on Fox News claiming that the South African government had started with “racist” farm seizures against white farmers.
The concerns are aggravated by repeated calls for violence articulated by Marxist politician Julius Maleman, who calls his followers to expropriate land from white farmers. At public gatherings Malema repeatedly sings “kill the farmer” song, which is the “hate speech” in form and in essence.
The issue has become chronic problem, but in denial of obvious ANC ruling party did not adopt a strategy to stop farm murders, proposed by Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota.
The Free State community of Vredefort, South Africa, has been left devastated after a farm murder claimed the life of 71-year-old Dirk Steenkamp (pictured).
As reported by OFM, Steenkamp was attacked at 07:00 on Sunday morning (4.03.2018) when he was inspecting a water pump near his property. A gang attacked him after driving to the farm and proceeded to shoot him.
Steenkamp’s wife raised the alarm shortly after hearing the gunshots, as the attackers fled. She was left unharmed in the incident.
The brutal crime has raised again the issue of farm murders in South Africa.
“The political parties in South Africa have demonstrated their incompetence and absenteeism over the past decades. Of course, the ANC was the dominant factor, but the so-called moderate Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Malema are no better and bear co-responsibility for the failure of the ‘Rainbow nation” – said Gerolf Annemans, the president of a Movement for Nations and Freedom (MENF).
“Some, including myself, dare to call it a silent genocide” – Annemans continued, while commenting on the situation with farm murders in South Africa. On day 66 of 2018 there have been more than 84 and 11 murders.
Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma after his plagued by corruption scandals presidency, was cheered in the South African parliament as he pledged to “accelerate our land distribution programme … to redress a grave historical injustice [and] make more land available to our people for cultivation.” South Africa’s new president has vowed to pursue the same course as Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe, expropriating land from white farmers without compensation.
This kind of rhetoric, attempting to find a solution for multiple economic problems in Marxist-Leninist expropriation of wealth in view of distributing it to poor, has already encouraged criminals to murder farmers, making their profession the most dangerous in the world. (The video below was demonstrated in the European Parliament during the conference on challenges of South Africa #SA2018EU #farmmurders)
A Ramaphosa’s Marxist-leaning African National Congress (ANC) has taken its lead on this issue from the hardline Economic Freedom Fighters led by Julius Malema, a former head of the ANC’s youth wing.
Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as South Africa’s President in a parliamentary vote on Thursday (15.02.2018) after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly 4% putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors welcomed Zuma’s resignation after nine years in office plagued by corruption allegations.
South Africa’s main stock market index jumped nearly 4 percent, putting it on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than two years as investors welcomed Zuma’s resignation after nine years in office plagued by corruption allegations, Reuters agency reports.
However the question remains how Cyril Ramaphosa – the closest ally of plagued with corruption accusations Jacob Zuma, – will change the existing practices and put and “drain the swamp” if he has been for a part of the system.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma said to SABC news that he had offered to go after June, but objected to the way the issue has been handled, underlining that he was not defying the African National Congress (ANC) party, but he disagreed with its decision to ask him to resign.
“It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised,” Mr.Zuma said. “Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done.”
Mr Zuma’s decision to keep a grip on power has put him at odds with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader and his expected successor.
The raid by the Hawks police unit on the family home of the Guptas have been launched day after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ordered Zuma to step down as head of state after nine years in office dogged by scandal and a stagnant economy.
A dozen heavily armed tactical police blocked off a street leading to the Gupta home in Johannesburg. Police regards the place as a “crime scene”.
Zuma and the Guptas – a family the Indian-born mogul – deny any wrongdoing. However a Gupta brother and a business associate have been arrested by the Hawks. Other family members have agreed to hand themselves over to police.
The Hawks arrested members of the family who they consider to be flight risks. According to different sources recently Atul Gupta became the seventh-wealthiest person in South Africa, with an estimated net worth of more than USD700 million.