South Africa’s Deputy President demanded of his comrades to stop fighting each other, reminded them that their business in government is advancing the interest of South Africans, and asserted that no one is above the law.
Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that government is aware of the concerns of social partners and of the South African public about recent events within the state.
He was speaking at the 21st National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) Annual Summit, in Johannesburg.
“We recognize that there is an impression of a lack of coherence within government and that different institutions of state are in open conflict with each other.
It is unfair to expect our social partners to achieve a stable labour environment, when we appear unable to maintain a stable state,” stated the Deputy President.
According to Ramaphosa, a well-functioning government is such that isn’t at war with itself. He charged that differences must be resolved through dialogue and cooperation.
“…It is through consensus building that we will be able to find solutions. We cannot expect our social partners to overcome their differences when we in government cannot overcome our own,” he reiterated.
Also, Ramaphosa declared that no one is above the law as he called on comrades to focus on building a better South Africa.
He said: “where wrong has been committed, no one is above the law. We must not create an impression that our actions are influenced by any considerations other than the advancement of the interests of the people of SA.
We are working at addressing these issues. We are working to ensure that all public entities, including state-owned companies, uphold the tenets of cooperative governance as required by our Constitution.
We are determined that these events will not undermine the excellent work being done across government and should not derail the measures we are developing together to grow the economy,” Ramaphosa promised.
Furthermore, the Deputy President remarked that the National Development Plan will largely, remain unattainable if state institutions aren’t well coordinated.