Ramaphosa The Rancid

Writing in December Mick Hall slammed Cyril Ramaphosa for corruption.

You wouldn't know it from the UK media but Cyril Ramaphosa is even more corrupt than Jacob Zuma.

With the result of the powerful 80 member ANC Executive committee to be announced tomorrow, (Wednesday) the power of the newly appointed head of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa hangs in the balance.

Ramaphosa has made much of the corrupt relationship between Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family and this has been reported extensively in the British media.

What has not been touched on is Ramaphosa own dirty dealing. He left the SA trade union movement to 'pursue a business career,' and within a short space of time became a multimillionaire as international and home ground corporations filled his boots with gold.

Is it any wonder the same business interests whether in SA or beyond, have been the cheerleaders in his rise to head the ANC. He is a man who claims to believe neo liberal economics will reduce the gross inequalities which inflict the overwhelming majority of the South African population. One only has to glance at the USA and UK to understand this is complete drivel, and he knows it as he is one of the world's ruling elites who have become enriched by neo liberal economics and have left poverty, low wages, and unemployment in their wake.

He first came to prominence in the ANC when he helped build the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers. (NUM) He later shit all over its membership when as a member of the board of directors of the British multinational Lonmi he sided with his corporate masters when the Marikana Massacre took place at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Cyril Ramaphosa, from his position on the board of Lonmin, could have argued for negotiation, a better deal for the workers. Instead, as a chain of emails released to the Farlam inquiry prove, some of which he sent 24 hours before the massacre took place, disclosed he bad mouthed the striking miners and argued for the police to move in.

In one message to his corporate masters in the city of London, he wrote:

The terrible events that have unfolded cannot be described as a labour dispute. They are plainly dastardly criminal and must be characterised as such... There needs to be concomitant action to address this situation. Claiming the Marikana striking miners were acting like "dastardly criminals."

A scab and a strike breaker with corporate blood on his hands is how one former member of uMkhonto we Sizwe described Ramaphosa to me.

When Zuma retires, or is winkled out of office by Ramaphosa before his period as president is over, he will be the last of the ANC exiles to hold the highest SA post. He has undoubtedly been a poor president and was blinded by his ambitions, a man who lost site of what he once fought for, but to claim he is totally corrupt and Ramaphosa is whiter than white is a negation of the truth.

Whether it be Zimbabwe or South Africa, the people of both nations paid a high price for their new democracy when General Josiah Tongogara and Chris Hani died prematurely.

Mick Hall blogs @ Organized Rage.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

3 comments to ''Ramaphosa The Rancid"

  1. And a good friend of your quisling $inn £anny mate Gerrybroy Itwasntme the behind the skirt quisling president for life and beyond and almost as rich as that bastard Ramaphosa,

  2. Now, now, Marty, you know as well as we do that Gerry wouldn't agree to a paycut to be on the same level as Ramaphosa!!!!

  3. LOL, steady on Marty, I forget the quote but AM once posted a good quote about revolutionaries who end up in government and how it often pans out.


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