Mon, 21 Sep 2020

Dear President Ramaphosa

As I write this letter to you I am in despair. The definition of despair is the complete loss or absence of hope. I believe I am like most South Africans when I say I have a complete loss of hope.

When you Mr President announced the lockdown regulations in March I felt so proud because finally we had a President we could believe in and a President that took action which was necessary for South Africa.

It has been more than four months and no sense of pride remains in me. President Ramaphosa, you have not given us the pride that we should feel as a country. We feel that you have abandoned us.

I want to hear on a weekly basis where you tell us exactly what is happening in our beautiful country, instead of hiding behind your ministers who are supposed to report to you. Not a lot of people believe that you are in charge of this country at the moment. I have always believed you have had it in you to make a difference.

Where is my president that makes decisions without his cronies whispering in his ear? Where is my president that said he would stand up and make a difference for this country? It doesn't feel like you are our leader because you aren't making the decisions.

Why would you ban the sale of alcohol which impacts on wine farms but want to save SAA?

SAA accounts for 12 000 jobs in South Africa and you are willing to invest R16 billion for the business rescue of SAA. South African wine farms employees 300 000 people, but they are punished for being employed in the private sector.

The sad thing is that I am writing this personal plea and that it will probably never get to you. I still believe that you want to make a difference in this country as I do - but you are being held back from doing so.

Please President Ramaphosa, take a stance against corruption; get your house in order and for once show South Africa that you are in charge and not all these people we see on the news everyday.

We need a hero and we desperately need it to be you.

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