The President is either going soft in his old age, or more than likely, he is trying to build bridges with a community that’s made it clear where their bread is buttered. During a visit to riot-hit KZN on Friday, Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the issue of Jacob Zuma’s incarceration – and said his predecessor should be PRAISED for following court orders.

‘Credit him for complying’: Ramaphosa applauds Zuma

Perhaps Cyril wasn’t paying as much attention to the fallout from ConCourt’s seismic decision to jail Msholozi as the rest of us were: Zuma only ended up behind bars after trying every trick in the book to avoid detention. Eventually, with all avenues exhausted, the former president finally gave up under immense legal pressure.

Despite hosting rallies at Nkandla and lobbying multiple courts to prevent his arrest, uBaba ran out of luck. But Ramaphosa is more than happy to extend an olive branch to the 79-year-old, despite ‘bad blood’ between the pair.

“The issue regarding Jacob Zuma… yes, we should look at a variety of measures to deal with a difficult situation. But the court has made a ruling, and in the end, Zuma should be credited and applauded for complying with the verdict.”

Cyril hits the charm offensive in KZN

Ramaphosa appears to be in full damage limitation mode. As a president that may have just survived an insurrection attempt, everything he says will now be amplified even further – hence why he was criticised on Monday, for claiming that the violence and looting were driven by ‘ethnic mobilisation’. The President retracted those claims on Friday.

“As we investigated certain communications, there were suggestions that the instigators were using terms to encourage ethnic mobilisations. We then analysed the situation, and came to the conclusion that it was not about ethnic identity – even though that’s how it seemed at the start. Having said that, we ARE concerned about racial elements of these riots.”

“Some communities have been pitted against each other. But I have welcomed the criticism against me, for when I said this was an ethnic matter. That’s because South Africans are disavowing any notions of ethnicity, and that tells me we are actually united as a nation. To reiterate, this issue IS NOT about ethnicity.” | Cyril Ramaphosa

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Presh JM Reporter

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