President Ramaphosa does not want white youths to leave the country. He made this clear during a campaign stop at the Beyerskloof wine estate near Stellenbosch on Tuesday. On a light note, he said that if he had his way, he would tie white South African youth to trees.
During the visit, the assembled farmers and businessmen were given a chance to ask the president questions, via Beyers Truter, a wine maker and farm owner, who acted as the MC. The president, who on several occasions has mentioned he was a farmer, was well received by the farmers.
According to Truter, kings and presidents are anointed by God, and he believes Ramaphosa was also anointed’.
Another farmer, Chris Steenkamp, expressed his contentedness with the president by saying, “Everyone here likes you, everyone here trusts you.” He continued to say that they have known the president since the days of Codesa, after which he looked at Ramaphosa with a resolute face and nodded.
Jan Morgan of Morgan Beef said, “We’re praying for you every day. You have got a really tough job.”
“This is the South Africa that should deliver a better life for all of us.” That was Ramaphosa’s comment when the question of the future of white people in the country was posed. He added that it is time South Africans in the diaspora came back to chip into the growth of the nation.
According to the president, whites should not feel like they are not wanted in the country. He insisted that there was room for everyone and everyone has a role to play. He also stated that one of the nation’s defining qualities was the ability to work in harmony.
Ramaphosa quoted one of Donald Trump’s favorite slogan, “Join me in making this great country of ours great again.”
Inside the reception hall, where there were pictures of wine bottles, Ramaphosa said he believed that the glass was not half empty, but rather half full. Therefore, according to him, “Our task is, how do we fill that glass.”
Ramaphosa was man enough to admit that ANC had made mistakes since it came into power 25 years ago. He said that his presidency was committed to fighting corruption, a comment that was strongly applauded by the farmers and business people gathered.
He said all those people connected to the massive looting will go to where they belong. “And that is jail,” he concluded to much applause.