The intense political and ideological battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashule appears to be escalating. Zuma loyalist, Ace “Gangster State” Magashule is currently under investigation by the ruling party for his alleged involvement in the formation of the ATM – an opposition party that won two seats in Parliament in last month’s General Elections.
In addition, Magashule’s recent announcements on ANC policy on the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) sent the Rand into a tailspin. This apparently angered both Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni and President Ramaphosa who were forced to clarify government policy to steady the markets.
The Sunday Times reports, President Ramaphosa had to intervene quickly to stop Magashule from planting pro-Zuma allies in powerful positions in Parliament – presumably, to help Magashule steer government policy in a direction favourable to the Zuma faction.
There are noticeable efforts by President Ramaphosa and his allies to clean up the mess created by the former Zuma administration. Most of the former Ministers implicated in “State Capture” were excluded from the new Cabinet. Significant personnel changes in the NPA, PIC, SARS and the boards of several State Owned Enterprises are encouraging.
There also appears to be a “changing of the guard” within the ANC when approximately fourteen former Cabinet Ministers resigned from Parliament this past week. This included controversial figures like Bathabile Dlamini. Nomvula Mokonyane and Malusi Gigaba declined Parliamentary seats.
Apparently, Magashule is attempting to out-manoeuvre President Ramaphosa to protect the corrupt and incompetent. Calls are mounting for Parliament to assess Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s fitness for office. Mkhwebane’s Report on the Vrede dairy scandal was set aside by the High Court because it failed to adequately investigate the matter.
Eskom, SAA and the SABC all need massive bailouts to survive. The ANC under Jacob Zuma facilitated the unrestrained looting and destruction of these and other State Owned Enterprises. However, President, Ramaphosa, Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni and Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan appear to be working to stop the rot in government departments and revive the ailing economy.
The good news is Mboweni is finally slashing unnecessary government spending. Luxury vehicles and five star travel and accommodations for government officials will be drastically cut to reduce costs and save taxpayer money.
South Africa is moving towards the breakthrough so many believers prayed for. Some people sense the light at the end of the tunnel. But it will take consistent and intense intercession and prayer to achieve this breakthrough. We have come too far to become complacent and give up now.
President Ramaphosa will deliver the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the 6thParliament on 20 June. The challenges government face are formidable but not insurmountable. Ramaphosa needs the wisdom and guidance of God to navigate his administration through a fragile economy, failed state enterprises and low business confidence.
You and I must commit to pray for the President, his administration and all those in authority. There is significant internal resistance to Ramaphosa’s policies. However, if the President’s turnaround strategy fails, South Africa fails. There is much at stake.
Essentially, whether South Africa succeeds or fails will depend in part on the faith, attitude and prayer resilience of God’s people. Breakthrough is close. You and I must stand together in faith, trust God and pray until He gives us the victory. There is no alternative.