Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

Zille blasts The Economist for endorsing Ramaphosa, editor claps back

helen zille twitterHelen Zille let rip at The Economist after the publication seemingly “endorsed” Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the country’s elections.

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Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, slammed The Economist for backing Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the country’s general elections in May.

The publication “endorsed” Ramaphosa in an article published earlier in the week, titled: The rainbow nation’s South Africa best bet. The promotion of the article also called for South Africans to back him, despite the rotten state of the African National Congress (ANC).

Zille responded through her preferred method of communication, Twitter, saying:

The publication’s Africa editor, Jonathan Rosenthal, replied
to Zille, also through Twitter. He said:

We would far rather have endorsed the DA because of what it stands for and for its record of governance. But it has no chance of winning this time (partly because of its own goals). The pragmatic choice then becomes one of of trying to avoid really bad outcomes.

Unperturbed, Zille let loose at Rosenthal, saying:

Your logic is deeply flawed. To vote for a party for the sole reasons that it is likely to win, is to undermine the most fundamental tenet of electoral politics.  The worst outcome for SA is a continuation of the current patronage network milking SA dry.

The Economist published the special report on Thursday. An extract from the piece reads:

“South Africa is the most industrialised economy in Africa, the continent’s business hub and its most influential actor on the global stage. Yet just as important is its symbolism. If it were to overcome its history of repression and racism, that would offer hope to all countries, in Africa and beyond.”

Ramaphosa’s been in the global media good books ahead of the elections. Time Magazine recently put him on the list of 2019’s most influential people.

He joins Imran Khan, US president Donald Trump and Catholic
Pope Francis in the “leader” category.

Time described Ramaphosa as the “the chance to end corruption and grow the stalled economy” in South Africa which could be his “toughest battle yet”.

South Africans will head to the polls on 8 May 2019 in what is being described as one of the most pivotal elections since the country’s dawn of democracy.

Read The Economist’s article on Ramaphosa here.

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