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DURBAN - I refer to the letter by Steven Murray published in The Mercury on Monday (April 8) in which he indicates that in the coming elections he will be voting for the ANC in order to support Cyril Ramaphosa. I should like to respectfully suggest to Mr Murray that, before finally casting his vote, he should give consideration to the following important factors and circumstances:

* There is no certainty as to how long Mr Ramaphosa will be allowed to occupy the position of president.

He can, at the whim of his party, be removed as easily and brutally as were Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

* Mr Ramaphosa served at the right hand of then president Zuma for an extended period of time.

During that period he watched corruption grow at an exponential rate and state capture take hold to an alarming degree.

He observed the wholesale looting of the public purse and the massive incompetence and malfeasance that has cost this country billions of rand.

And he did absolutely nothing.

In 2014 he was given the specific responsibility of putting Eskom to rights.

And he achieved nothing.

A strong showing for the ANC in the elections will unfortunately serve effectively to endorse all the corruption and malfeasance that has blighted the prospects of this country.

Sadly, it will simply send the message that: “It’s alright with us - give us more of the same”.

THE MERCURY