Go ahead; fault him for the most brutal use of force by the South African security forces against civilians in the democratic South Africa. Change his name if you like, call him Marikana Ramaphosa.
That wouldn’t change a thing. To the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), nobody is more perfect to replace Zuma, and serve as the next president of South Africa than Mr Ramaphosa.
NUM said the Deputy President has abandoned his business interests, and is the most qualified and suitable person to take over the leadership of South Africa when Jacob Zuma is done leading.
Yea, NUM is in for Jacob Zuma serving his full term. The association of Mineworkers at its central committee meeting specified that they’ll be supporting Ramaphosa as the next president. Doing that, they emphasized that Jacob Zuma must be allowed to complete his tenure as President.
Mr Ramaphosa, the union argued, has been perfectly groomed to replace Jacob Zuma.
The union’s General Secretary, David Sipunzi echoed this sentiment saying Ramaphosa’s emergence as Deputy President was for the sake of grooming him to become South Africa’s President.
Sipunzi acknowledged Ramaphosa’s role in Marikana tragedy. Nevertheless, he asserted that his actions were inspired by him being a shareholder of Lonmin. That, he said, isn’t relevant to his ambition to become President.
“I haven’t come across a thing that says Cyril killed people in Marikana. Whatever he might have done then, he was protecting his business interests. When Cyril took a decision to become a Deputy President of the ANC, he gave up his business interests,” Sipunzi remarked.
With the above, Sipunzi related that NUM will Persuade Cosatu and other relevant organizations to rally behind Ramaphosa.
“We believe Cyril, as an understudy, is ready and we’re convinced his track record speaks for him. He is the founding general secretary of the NUM.
“We will try to persuade everybody to see the way we see. If they don’t we’re not going to swear at them,” Sipunzi added.