Regardless of the enormous problems that South Africa is experiencing, the country is progressing, Pres. Cyril Rampahosa.
“We are not hiding our problems. We acknowledge and confront it and thus establish a solid foundation for growth, ”Ramaphosa said on Thursday in loud applause as he delivered his reply after two days of robust debate on his state speech in parliament.
However, Ramaphosa was most applauded when he said the debate could not be discussed without acknowledging the “disgraceful” and “frivolous” politicization of the national gender violence crisis.
“We owe the people of South Africa an apology for what happened in this debate.”
He also stated unequivocally that apartheid was a crime against humanity. This comes after the recent stir after former president. FW de Klerk said that apartheid was not a crime against humanity. The FW de Klerk Foundation later apologized for this.
Ramaphosa also apologized profusely to EFF leader Julius Malema over allegations by ANC MP Boy Mamabolo that Malema was assaulting his wife, Mantoa.
According to him, it was unsolicited, improper and not right. “My heart goes out to Mantoa and your family.”
However, after Malema denied this allegation in his speech in the debate on Tuesday, he also accused Ramaphosa of assaulting his second wife, the late Nomazizi Mtshotshisa.
Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that Malema had already claimed in 2017 that he (Ramaphosa) assaulted his first wife, Hope. She denied it herself.
However, according to Ramaphosa, Mtshoshisa is “not here to put her case”.
“I am a father of daughters and a grandfather of granddaughters, I am a spouse, the brother of a sister, 50% of the people in the cabinet are women, the majority of South Africans are women.
“It is these people that we must serve, we must end gender violence in our lifetime, and respect each other and the women of our country, and we must do so with great sensitivity.
“All men must rise up against gender violence.”