Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
15 May 2020
6:00 am

Ramaphosa has options, but ‘ANC plans to destroy economy, bring revolution’

Sipho Mabena

The lockdown is an ANC powerplay to extend its control over key sectors, as well as enable government to press ahead with a Soviet-inspired national democratic revolution, says an Institute of Race Relations think-tank.

Some of the thousands of residents from an informal settlement in Mooiplaas, Spruit can be seen queueing to recieve food parcles donated by the Spruit Forum and several NGO's, 14 May 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to easing the coronavirus lockdown slowly – to contain the disease and reduce the number of deaths – is not the only option he has, says the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) think-tank. More than that, the IRR believes the Covid-19 pandemic provides the ANC with a perfect opportunity to extend its control over businesses and other key sectors. Ramaphosa told the nation on Wednesday that the lockdown – now on level 4 – has, after nearly eight weeks, bought the government time to prepare health facilities for a flood of infections. He claimed that, had...