One of the sad illusions in circulation is that a vote for Cyril Ramaphosa is the only way to rectify the state of the country.
Clearly, the proponents of this logic have failed to examine the list of ANC candidates who accompany Mr Ramaphosa and to appreciate that the criterion of competence has not been applied in the compilation of that list.
Within the top 30 positions on the ANC national list are individuals who have excelled only in corruption, abuse of state resources and in promoting state capture – Nomvula Mokonyane in the tenth position, Bathabile Dlamini at No. 14 and Malusi Gigaba at No. 23.
The most competent and principled member of the current cabinet, Pravin Gordhan, is placed only at No. 73. What an outrage and an insult to him! Veteran member and a competent minister, Derek Hanekom, merits only No. 95 on the ANC list.
Ramaphosa may be talented and competent, but those who accompany him guarantee that all the ANC can deliver will be more of the same. The reality is that Ramaphosa is no more than a hostage of the ANC list.
The only criterion that voters should consider it that of merit and competence.
Sent into The Witness, The Mercury, The Daily News and The Star published, April 26, 2019.