[lg policy] A long walk to transparency

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Jan 30 11:45:36 EST 2018

A long walk to transparency
ALEXANDRA – Ramaphosa gets youth thumbs up.
10 hours ago
Keith Maphutha has advice for Cyril Ramaphosa on. Photo: Leseho Manala

Keith Maphuta, a youth leader of the African National Congress in Alex
urged party members and constituents to support the leadership of party
president Cyril Ramaphosa in steering the country back on its
transformation agenda.

This, as the party is preoccupied with the transition from the Jacob
Zuma-led administration.

*Read: Steep road ahead – Freedom Front Plus on Ramaphosa win

Maphuta said Alex youth and most party members overwhelmingly lobbied for
Ramaphosa who they expected to return the party to its mandate of being a
unifier and leader of society.

“His [Ramaphosa] team should bridge the social distance past leadership
created from society and deal with erring members seeking to destroy the
party’s revered morals from within,” said Maphutha.

He added that this should be a priority for the Integrity Commission whose
powers were restored as part of the party’s renewal mandate to ensure
respect for the party and government constitutions, restore confidence in
the party and confront corrupt tendencies.

*Read: UPDATE: Ipid believes Metro police covered Nare murder
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In addition, the commission would improve relations with law enforcement
agencies and ensure prosecution of erring individuals without fear or
favour, regardless of their position in the party and government. “We
expect prosecutions and convictions of those found guilty at all levels for
unduly benefiting self, family and cliques from public resources…. to have
them pay back [ill gotten gains] and not be entrusted again with public

Maphutha added that the past administration’s errors were lessons Ramaphosa
shouldn’t repeat. “He needs space to prove himself by restoring party
morality and values, ensure synergy and transparency between the party and
national constitutions, and restore public confidence in those entrusted
with responsibilities and resources at all levels.”

He said Zuma’s affable character may have been taken advantage of and that
he had used his humility recklessly. The president had let his love for
family, friends and some comrades cloud his thinking and judgement.

Maphutha added that the youth expected Ramaphosa to expedite implementing a
new mandate on free tertiary education for which the league was vilified
for during its 10 years of lobbying.

*Read: Jacob Zuma plans to make an announcement on free education

“We need clarity on its [tertiary education] phased implementation after
its surprise announcement without a clear strategy and plan by Zuma on the
eve of the party’s December conference.

“Radical economic transformation in the future will require educated and
knowledgeable young drivers and clear policies.”

He urged the government to reintroduce pure maths in high schools and for a
speedy resolution of the language policy debacle which has delayed the
opening of some schools.

“It needs a bold leadership implementing Constitutional requirements and
regulations entitling children access to schools in their areas.” Maphutha
also called for the improvement of TVET college programmes which he said
were unsuitable for an advanced technologically driven economy.

Changing course, he urged for haste in ensuring land expropriation without
compensation saying it would restore everyone’s freedom and dignity by
providing the means to a livelihood.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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