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Ramaphosa: Black people must not be bystanders of economic activity in SA

Ramaphosa says economic inclusion has come in different guises through phrases such as economic empowerment and the most recent one radical economic transformation.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the sense of exclusion that the majority of the South African population deals with is at the core of the issue of ownership.

He says economic developments in the country have not been beneficial to the majority of South African’s other than earning a wage.

The deputy president was speaking at the North-west University’s Potchefstroom campus on Saturday.

Ramaphosa says economic inclusion has come in different guises through phrases such as economic empowerment and the most recent one radical economic transformation.

He says all it means is inclusion.

“Inclusion in as far as ownership, inclusion in as far as management, inclusion in as far as control and inclusion in as far as the benefits and the growth.”

Ramaphosa says in the past it was normal for black people to be excluded.

“Black people must become not bystanders or onlookers or appendages of the economic activity that ensues in our country.”

On the matter of land re-distribution, he says the constitution has very clear precepts of what needs to be done.

INVEST IN SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Ramaphosa said the real work in turning around South Africa’s sinking economy lies in skills development.

He said there needs to be a skills acquisition revolution.

During his address, the deputy president expressed his concern about the recent cabinet reshuffle and the corruption which he says continues to permeate within state-owned institutions.

Ramaphosa said just by merely educating people potential and capability are unlocked.

He said with education, people are better focused and the economy starts to move forward.

“It has to be our challenge collectively and this is where active citizenry come into play. So we all have a role to play in order for South African to move forward.

“We should never be pointing a finger, as you point a finger, remember that the other three fingers are pointing at you.”

Ramaphosa said corruption within state-owned entities also needs to be rooted out admitting there’s been very little transformation.

SA KNOWN FOR RAMPANT CORRUPTION

Ramaphosa said state capture is a matter of serious concern and the most worrying issue is that South Africa is now known for being the capital of corruption.

The deputy president touched on a number of issues including the growth of the economy, skills development, land distribution and state capture.

Ramaphosa said South Africa is no longer a rainbow nation but a country that’s been captured by certain interests.

“We can’t have a country where outside countries start investigations through their own agencies investigating this but we don’t, the Hawks, the NPA must now get down to work.”

He said a commission of inquiry must be appointed with immediate effect.

“Those who have stolen the money must return it, we want our money back.”

However, Ramaphosa said support for the African National Congress remains strong.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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