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Wed Apr 23 09:11:07 SAST 2014

Cyril, this is your moment: We're counting on you: iLive

Mario Compagnoni, Bedfordview | 20 December, 2012 00:06
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) congratulates his newly appointed party Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) at the National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein December 18, 2012. Zuma held off a challenge from Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for the leadership of the ANC, which has ruled South Africa since the country's first democratic elections in 1994.
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

HEARTY congratulations, Cyril Ramaphosa, on being elected deputy president of your party.

I have no doubt that you have grasped the significance of having received more votes than the president. I would like to add my voice to that of your comrades.

You are the renewed hope for the future of our country. We now place our faith in you, as the new generation of political leaders, to walk the talk, restore our confidence in the noble mission of public service, and to be the fearless defender of our constitution.

You will have heard the plea from every quarter that the time for fine words is long past. It is now time for action.

The number-one priority is the elimination of all corrupt dealings between business and government, and the eradication of fraud by public service officials. Perpetrators, from the top down, must be arrested and, if found guilty, jailed for a long enough time to be a deterrent, their assets forfeited to the state and the stolen taxpayers' money returned to the Treasury. As long as corruption and fraud go unpunished, we will never achieve quality education or quality health services for all.

Start by setting an example in the way you disentangle yourself from your business and other vested interests. You are now a servant of the people, not a lobbyist for big business.

Persuade your comrades in parliament to pass legislation, as a matter of urgency, classifying corruption as a "serious violent crime" (to quote from a recent judg ment of one of our magistrates), and establish an independent commission against corruption - as they have done to great effect in Hong Kong - with judicial powers to punish all cases of corruption, without fear or favour.

You held the microphone for our beloved Madiba. We hope that now, in his twilight years, you will carry his torch of integrity and dedication to serving the best interests of the people.

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