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Cyril Ramaphosa Quotes

(Last Updated On: September 25, 2018)

“We remain resolute that no act of corruption will go unpunished, regardless of the identity of the perpetrator… [national development] cannot take root in a sea of patronage, greed and willful economic sabotage.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, ABC News, 31 January 2018.

“It is fitting that this year, you should focus on labour’s role in promoting our national interest and the welfare of workers by strengthening good governance and deepening accountability.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The Presidency, 30 January 2018.

“As we concluded in the diagnostic report of the National Planning Commission, and as we know from daily experience, South Africa remains a highly unequal society where too many people live in poverty and too few have access to economic opportunities. Our priority must therefore be the creation of decent work on a scale that makes a decisive impact on poverty and inequality. That requires far higher levels of economic growth and sustained investment by both the public and private sectors in productive economic activity.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The Presidency, 30 January 2018.

“The freezing of assets is an important component of that, but we want to see much more… A message that we are taking to Davos now will be that we are deadly serious about addressing corruption. We’re now beginning to see the steps that are being taken.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The Citizen, 19 Januayr 2018. 

“I would like us to work together to stabilise SOEs and good governance… We need top class leadership in SOE’s to avoid governance mishaps… The time has come out for us for stop coming out with doubtful messages on SOE’s. I would like us to appoint credible boards to SOE’s… We are in the process of looking at that.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, eNCA, 18 January 2018.

“When we say we are open for business, we mean it in earnest.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, eNCA, 18 January 2018.

“We need to act with urgency and purpose to restore State-owned enterprises (SOEs) as drivers of economic growth and development. Several key SOEs are in financial distress, threatening not only their own operations, but the national fiscus… Many of these enterprises have experienced serious governance lapses and poor delivery of their mandate. These challenges have been exacerbated by state capture, through which billions of rands have been illegally diverted to individuals.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, African News Wire, 16 January 2018.

“Whatever we do, however we do it and whenever we do it, the ANC must be given time and space to deal with matters of this nature. We are not going to be doing anything that will seek to humiliate or disrespect the president.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The New Age, 15 January 2018.

“The ANC will always do the right thing by the people of South Africa, this would always guide whatever action the ANC took.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The New Age, 15 January 2018.

‘We need to deal with this matter with the level of maturity it requires, with the proper decorum and I’ll say we should never do it in a way that’s going to humiliate President Zuma. We should never do it in a manner that’s going to also divide the nation.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The Citizen, 15 January 2018.

“Everyone has to be receptive to the decisions of the ANC because that is the political centre. Once you accept that is the political centre, it goes without saying that you have got the accept the decisions and direction that your given by the ANC.” –  Cyril Ramaphosa, The Citizen, 15 January 2018.

“Land is a very broad, as well as a complex issue and it has to be handled very delicately because around land there is quite a lot of emotion… We will have a workshop or a conference on land and look at all its various aspects and beyond that we will come up with a clear policy, or direction on how this will be handled.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Bloomberg, 15 January 2018. 

“The real issue, though, is that most of the redistributed land is lying derelict at the moment… It’s not being worked.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Bloomberg, 15 January 2018. 

“The ANC reaffirms its commitment to give practical support to the oppressed people of Palestine, and we are of the firm view that the downgrade of the South African Embassy in Israel to a liaison office would help to send a strong signal in this regard.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, The Jerusalem Post, 14 January 2018.

“This [referring to the fact that ANC leaders would undertake a programme of organisational renewal] will include concrete steps to empower members of the ANC to determine the direction of the movement and to decide – free from manipulation and coercion – who should lead the movement… We need cadres who are committed to serve no other interests other than the interests of the people… Cadres who seek no advantage for themselves or their families from positions they occupy and who safeguard public resources.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, IOL, 14 January 2018.

“We are resolute in our commitment to make this the year in which we rebuild our movement and turn around the South African economy… Our vision is an economy that encourages and welcomes investment, offers policy certainty and addresses barriers that inhibit growth and social inclusion.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Gulf Times, 14 January 2018.

“We must restore the integrity and credibility of the ANC… The movement has become deeply divided through factionalism, patronage, corruption and competition for resources… We are going to confront corruption… the investigation and prosecution of those responsible (for manipulating the state machinery for their own ends) will be given top priority.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, New Vision, 13 January 2018.

“We shall confront corruption and state capture in all the forms and manifestations that these scourges assume. This includes the immediate establishment of a commission of inquiry into state capture… Strong and efficient law-enforcement agencies are critical to the fight against corruption and state capture.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, News24, 13 January 2018.

“South Africa is open for investment and we invite all investors from all over the world to come to South Africa to invest in our country so that we can grow our economy, create jobs, end poverty… We must have an economy that offers policy certainty and addresses areas that inhibit investment, growth as well as social inclusion.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Reuters, 13 January 2018.

In fact, it is possible for us to begin a process of working the land and improving agriculture – making it a very successful factor in our country… We can make this country the garden of Eden.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, News24, 7 January 2018. 

“This gives us the options, the possibilities and opportunities to be able to move forward with addressing the land question and at the same time make sure that the economy of our country grows… Taking land should not be equal to destroying our economy. Taking land should be equal to making our economy grows, farm production grows.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, Eyewitness News, 7 January 2018.

“We must enter the New Year determined to redouble our efforts to build a society in which all are safe, secure and feel valued.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, IOL, 24 December 2017.

“Our Vision 2030 remains the blueprint for inclusive growth, social cohesion and prosperity for all. Under this plan we will continue to develop skills that can help our country realise its developmental goals and address labour market issues, … we need more skilled managers, professionals, technicians, engineers and artisans.” – Cyril Ramaphosa, IOL, 24 December 2017.