As deputy president he needed a lot of help from ordinary people — in civil society, within the ANC and alliance structures, and again at the polls just over two weeks ago on May 8 — to outmanoeuvre his energetic, street-fighting opponent and boss. In his speech, he recognised the Freedom Charter tradition, where a number of people of different races and from different backgrounds, including civil society, in got together to chart a common vision.
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We share a common conviction that never shall we return to a time of division and strife. From this common purpose, we must forge a partnership for reconstruction, development and progress. In , it is the state capture under the previous administration they are rejecting. Mbeki suppressed his own feelings of resentment after his sacking in to attend both the and inaugurations. They have said, Thuma Mina. But there was a twist to having the event in a stadium.
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By having it in this stadium, and by pulling off such a massive event successfully and securely, Ramaphosa wanted to send a subtle message to doubters over who is boss. For the first time in democratic South Africa, the inauguration also included an extensive military parade and a spectacular and entertaining flyover by the Air Force. The added irony was that those Gripens that flew over the stadium in an impressive formation during the air show and with ear-piercing sound, symbolising a defence of the Constitution, were part of the very Arms Deal that landed Zuma in court all those years ago — and again this week — in the first place.
If Zuma as president revelled in being called Commander-in-Chief of the military, Ramaphosa seems to revel in it more. Power is important to him, and he will wield this power through institutions to maximum effect, was the message. His opponents are threatening to fight and even unseat him through the ANC, but Ramaphosa is systematically busy polishing the state institutions to bring to book some of those who plot against him to stay out of jail.
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