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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Kgalema Motlanthe assures investors of stability in SA

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the ANC Mangaung leadership conference on 18 December 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former president Kgalema Motlanthe says the fact that there has been a change in the leadership in key metros, without any major ripple effects, shows how stable the country is. 
Motlanthe was speaking on the sidelines of his address as a panelist on the Assessment of Key Legislation.
He chairs the 17-person panel that is probing whether the laws approved by Parliament since 1994 are working.
Kgalema Motlanthe wouldn't be drawn to comment on current issues facing government, including the spat between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks.
“That is not my area to comment on. As someone who was in Cabinet, I wouldn’t want to rise from the grave and be all wise.”
But he's moved to assure investors that South Africa is open for business.
“This country is stable enough. We’ve just had local government elections and there’s been change of leadership in key metros without any reprove.”
Motlanthe says Cabinet must be governed by the spirit of collegiality.

At the same time, the former president says political stability and predictability is a precondition for economic development.
Many senior government officials and analysts have criticised the current political state of the country.