It seems one of the DA’s more prominent representatives has reached the end of his tether with Cyril Ramaphosa, after taking an exception to the President’s weekly letter. The 68-year-old has been accused of ‘copying and pasting’ one of his older communications from 13 months ago, prompting a furious reaction from the opposition.
DA spark a war of words with the President
Leon Schreiber is the Shadow Public Works Minister. He was far from impressed with Ramaphosa’s stance on cadre deployment and the appointment of political representatives in public positions.
The DA stalwart ripped into Cyril, for regurgitating issues he raised in January 2020 and ‘failed to do anything about’. Ramaphosa previously warned against political patronage, but seemingly, hasn’t done a great deal to stop it from resurfacing as a problem more than a year later. Schreiber, therefore, is utterly rankled.
‘Stop whinging, Cyril Ramaphosa’
According to one of Ramaphosa’s fiercest critics, the time has come for Cyril to ‘stop whinging’ about the situation, and ‘take action’ instead. Schreiber wasn’t shy when it came to giving the head of state some leadership advice on Monday.
“Why has the President done absolutely nothing about this problem since he complained about it last year? And why does the President only ever moan and whinge, instead of taking concrete action? Like millions of South Africans, the DA is getting very tired of a President that spends his days complaining about problems that he helped cause.”
“All of the problems that the President is so fond of whining about results directly from a single ANC policy: cadre deployment. Instead of constantly complaining like a powerless spectator on the side-lines, Ramaphosa would do well to be honest by admitting to South Africans that he helped cause the problem that he now whinges about.”
Between 2013 and 2017, Ramaphosa led the ANC’s cadre deployment committee that – in his own words – “hired and promoted [people] to key positions for which they are neither suitable nor qualified”. Instead of a recycled newsletter, he owes SA an apology for cadre deployment. https://t.co/1GwL0G5GM9
— Leon Schreiber (@Leon_Schreib) March 1, 2021