Brethren, the Presidency has expressed concern over what it described as a public attack on His Excellency, President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.
Specifying that Mr. President has respect for the rights of South Africans to express their views, the Presidency counseled that such views must be expressed within the bounds of human decency.
“…the Presidency respects the rights of citizens and leaders to freedom of speech. (And), the business sector has many avenues to raise whatever concerns and issues it has with government and/or its leadership.
“President Zuma values open dialogue and interaction with all sectors in our society. However, such dialogue is more helpful if it takes place within the bounds of human decency and decorum and upholds respect for key institutions,” stated the Presidency.
With that, the Presidency indicated that the channels of communication between business and government are open. Thus, it instructed that engagements take place continuously in a healthy and constructive manner.
The Presidency referred to the collaboration between business, government and labor currently in New York to promote the country as an investment destination saying President Zuma has huge value for the collaboration.
“The President values such collaboration, which is good for the economy and our country in general,” the Presidency said.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today addressed Singaporean investors reiterating that South Africa is a preferred destination for investments and is open for business.
Mr. Ramaphosa advanced the objective of South Africa’s National Development Plan in a bid to attract investments into South Africa from Singaporean investors and state-owned enterprises.
The South African government justified the visit as an excellent opportunity for South Africa to learn from the Singaporean model of economic success and the role of state-owned enterprises in advancing economic growth and national developmental objectives of the country.