CAPE TOWN: Mr Rataza, a former ANCYL leader is currently running for the ANC regional secretary in the Western Cape.
Former ANCYL leader in the Western Cape, Mr Silas Rataza, has come out strongly against African National Congress president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and called his removal after a dismal show in the Local Government Elections.
The ANC lost all metros in Gauteng and could possibly lose eThekwini when the council sits today. Surprisingly, in the Tshwane metro, the ANC allowed the Democratic Alliance to take over uncontested.
In a post that was shared by many of his followers, the former ANCYL leader said the ANC “……now need a president that is more appealing to our people than our previous oppressors and the media.”
“We need a president that can also appeal to the youth of south africa (sic) and assist the YL in its twin task. Reality is that we have tried CR and we have seen the results, we can not be experimental and hopeful again -with the same type of leadership of CR,” he said.
The Republic Mail probed the former leader on what does he mean that Mr Ramaphosa has failed and must allow other leaders in the party to take the ANC forward.
“We have given him (Mr Ramaphosa) a chance in 2017, he has tried and failed. We cannot give him another chance in 2024. We cannot be experimental again as if he’s going to make changes in the lives of our people.”
“Cyril is like a person who was contesting to be a ward councillor that won the BGM but was rejected by the community. Popular in the ANC but rejected by the broader community,” he said.
When asked about the sins of Mr Ramaphosa’s predecessor, former president, Mr Jacob Zuma, if voters are not rejecting the ANC because of the so-called 9 wasted years?
The former leader said, “NO, you cannot pin everything to former president Zuma. [Mr] Ramaphosa’s leadership doesn’t inspire confidence, at all.”
“Let me give you an example, what made the ANC withdraw from contesting Tshwane Metro and allowing the DA to contest unopposed. It’s because of Ramaphosa weakness,” he said.
“That has angered even those who voted for the ANC, people are saying we cannot give you a mandate the allow DA to win the municipality uncontested,” he added.
Attempts to get a comment from the ANC spokesperson, Mr Pule Mabe, were unsuccessful.