‘Sterkte, Mr President!’

Staff Writer | May 25, 2019
The FW de Klerk Foundation has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration that he will serve all the people of South Africa – but says ‘we will watch him closely’.

The Foundation established in the name of former president F W de Klerk has welcomed President Ramaphosa’s statement that ‘he will serve all the people of South Africa, and not just the ANC’.

It repeated its earlier commitment to ‘support him in his endeavours to re-instate clean government, eradicate State capture and corruption, and rejuvenate the economy’, adding: ‘We have also stated that in this, we will watch him closely.’

In a statement, the Foundation said: ‘We therefore welcome his first statements after his election as President, inter alia, that he will serve all the people of South Africa, and not just the ANC; that he will (like Madiba) not lose touch with the needs of ordinary South Africans; and that he will collaborate constructively with leaders of opposition parties to find and implement solutions for our predicament. These are the words of a statesman and stand in stark contrast to the views and actions of his predecessor.’

The Foundation noted that, as others had pointed out, Ramaphosa had a specific Constitutional duty ‘to promote nation-building’, saying it hoped that ‘in his pledge to work with various stakeholders, he will keep this in mind, and give special attention to the position of the various minorities in our country’.

The statement concluded: ‘Mr President, we wish you well in your huge task and calling. We will not wish you good luck, because luck has nothing to do with your challenges. May God grant you courage and wisdom – and we wish you “sterkte”!’


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