Presidential sounds of silence are fuelling the fire engulfing SA
Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘offend no constituency’ approach is doing nothing but weaponise this country
Workers Day, May 1 2022, offered South Africans sharply contrasting images of President Cyril Ramaphosa and leader of the official opposition John Steenhuisen.
Ramaphosa had a double indignity heaped on him at a rally at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West.
The obvious injury to presidential pride was his forced removal from the keynote event to commemorate the gains of the labour movement which the day embodies. One might note many legislative victories and a huge number of job losses, and the causal connection between them, though of course this went unmentioned in his prepared text. At the event, Ramaphosa had to abandon his speech after workers stormed the stage. He was forced into an armoured police vehicle and left the venue...