Motlanthe believes Ramaphosa eligible to lead SA

The former president says he believes Zuma should step down because he no longer commands the respect that a leader should.

Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture:Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has expressed his confidence in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership.

Motlanthe was interviewed by Bloomberg shortly after the recent credit downgrade by ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s Global to junk status.

The former president says he believes Zuma should step down because he no longer commands the respect that a leader should.

When asked if anybody else was eligible to run the country, Motlanthe spoke highly of Ramaphosa.

“The current deputy president comes from the private sector, he has been a successful business person, in earlier days he was the general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers and he has also been the secretary general of the governing party (African National Congres) – so he brings good experience.”

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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)