The President : Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

The Republic of South Africa

Sir,

“IF YOU HOLD THE POWER, YOU BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY”

You will be soon required, as the president, to deliver your “STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS” – an address that is meant to inspire and motivate the country to do better, to live better and to achieve better.

This event, in my candid opinion, is truly a waste of valuable money and resources, as I believe it is merely a box-ticking event simply to exacerbate the pageantry of a parliamentary process.

But, unfortunately, it will be a process that will go on nonetheless.

I have found that our State of the Nation Address, oftentimes, is very much akin to a “bait-and-switch” event, where the president tries to entice the nation into selling a product to them which he does not have the capacity to do.

You will recall your address that was dubbed “The New Dawn” – it was inspiring, visionary and indeed hopeful, but if we look at our recent history, in so many ways, the “New Dawn” was actually an alternative reality which we were never going to accomplish.

South Africa has endured much over the last few years – a declining economy, increased unemployment, a corrupt bureaucracy, an almost unfettered rise in criminal activity, racial tension and like the rest of the world – an unprecedented pandemic of our generation – and many other ills that continuously darkens the horizon.

As the president, and the allegiance to your oath of office, you are encumbered both by conscience and obligation to serve all the people of this country to the best of your ability, without yielding to the manacles of party politics.

This means that your responsibility to the nation increases exponentially and your fidelity to the constitution must be unwavering even against those who may appear to be your allies or friends but who seek agendas beyond that of patriotic service and loyalty to the country.

The sad reality of South Africa is that we have yet to unearth a public representative who truly puts country before party, who will defy the norms in lieu of the interests of all the people, who will cede personal agendas and aspirations so that everyone benefits and not just a select few.

The challenges that awaits you in 2022 will be many – and once again, you will be tested, in omnibus, to deliver to this country the kind of stewardship that is so desperately yearned for.

The rumblings have already begun and unless you become decisive and brazen in your leadership, I am afraid, we will have to expect much of the same old as the year progresses.

Your legacy will be strangled persistently if you do not act with bold intransigence in the manner you handle the hazards that we have already been alerted to in 2021.

It is again with hope but reservation that I wish that when you address the country soon, that you will do so with the verve of a man possessed in one ambition – to make South Africa a country of one people, one nation and one vision.

As Abraham Lincoln once famously observed, “If you hold the power, you bear the responsibility” – it is a truism that is very apt under the circumstances.

Good Luck and May God Bless the people of South Africa

 

More on how South Africa needs change – listen here:http://THE POLITICS OF HATE | SOUTH AFRICA WITH NARENDH GANESH (globalindianseries.com)

 

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16 responses to “Open letter to The President of South Africa: Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa”

  1. Ash Naidoo says:

    Well said Naren. However I am pretty much certain that it will be the same rhetoric delivered, without any willpower to actually deliver on the content. Its sad that South Africa, in its parliamentary history ( and before) has never had a Government that considered the wellbeing of all South Africans.Yet dispite the inaction of Government, our communities thrived.
    Regards
    Ash Naidoo

  2. Nisha says:

    It is a sad day in history that our Govt has made it citizens poorer that when we stepped into DEMON CRACY.
    We need swift course of action to remedy all the monies stolen so that we a create jobs for the much needed communities

  3. Raj Govender says:

    A fantastically written letter Narendh!!
    Well done !! You are truly becoming a voice for ALL people within this beautiful country of ours that is being torn apart by greed, the only reason politicians will NOT serve and do what they have been elected to do!!

  4. Naresh Ramgolam says:

    As a fellow South African, I have learnt from our presidents history, he does not hold within his personality or maybe it’s just his way of playing politics, is neither brazen, bold nor proactive enough to take the bull by the horns. Even as DP, he sat by and watched, by his own admission in the Zondo commission, as the state capture was unfolding before his eyes over long periods of time. When the riots took place he sat back in silence as the destruction of billions to property and loss of income, took place. An estimated 150-200 000 jobs was lost. All this as our President was not proactive, nor bold, nor brazen enough to come forward n put an end to it. So what can we expect from our President but the same old in a different year. History has shown he is a watcher not a doer.

  5. Harry Haricharan says:

    Excellently written, Narendh.
    As usual, you have written with deep insight on the socio-political problems besetting our beloved country. It is evident that you write not to denigrate but out of a deep concern and love for our country and countrymen.
    It is also true that you have written previously to the President a number of times about the selfsame serious issues as in this letter. It is a great pity, therefore, that the government has not heeded your sage advice.
    Given the current split in the ANC and the nefarious forces bent on destabilizing the current government, it is time that Mr Ramaphosa took the bull by the horns and tackled the problems highlighted by you head-on, without fear or favour. Otherwise, he will be nothing but a lame duck president. He does, after all, ‘hold the power’ and therefore ‘bears the responsibility ‘ of steering South Africa out of the deep morass it is in currently.

  6. Vijay Naicker says:

    Corruption in every department in South Africa should be uprooted. Seniors citizens should step down and allow younger citizens to take theur positions.

  7. Denny Thaver says:

    Excellent points. Perhaps also recommend that he up the security detail in the other key government buildings by first assessing the current state of same.

  8. Anil Bhoopal says:

    Brilliant and well said Mr Ganesh. Our country needs selfless action and fearless people like you to lead and represent us and to hold people of power to be accountable.

  9. Loshni Naidoo says:

    A well written letter that makes an appeal to the president as well as reminding him of his oath and commitment to the people of this country. We pray and live on hope daily that many lives could change for the better and that this beautiful country could be transformed into a crime free zone with respect for all who live in it. A major industry and contributor to the country’s economy is Tourism, and we have slacked on this on numerous occasions. Everything related like crime, filth, lack of resources, abuse of wild life and oceans , lack of attractions , unskilled people and lack of knowledge of this industry has been the downfall of this country. If our leaders take it seriously and bring back the pride and beauty of our nation , it can have a huge positive effect 🙏🏼

  10. Anand says:

    We have become accustomed to all the SA presidents promises of a bullet and better life for all. Sadly the anc government has been taken its voters for a ride to nowhere. I was never optimistic in 1994 and continued to be so now. Aluta Continua.

  11. Nithianandhan Reddy says:

    Hi excellent as always. President needs to take responsibility for sa. Its currently in a mess. No ditection at this moment. Corruption at the higjest ever. The country is in a crisis. We need urgent action. None of the SOEs work ie rail air etc. Reached a very sad state.
    Wake up sa

    .

  12. Jay says:

    As Abraham Lincoln, once famously observed, I quote” if you hold the power you bear the responsibility” in a nutshell

  13. Proud South African says:

    Well Articulated.

  14. B.NAICKER says:

    The President should stop worrying about the neighbouring Countries and pay more attention in improving our Beloved Country.

  15. Jugdeesh daya says:

    I support your views for the state of the nation address
    The president needs to show he is still in power and address the long awaited commission report that that has been handed to him by adv Raymond Zondo
    We await some action from this report where much of the rate payers money has paid for

  16. Jadyn says:

    Narendh Ganesh, absolutely integral , accurate and well written as always .
    A true champion of the people

    Regards Jadyn Abe

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