After Julius Malema  forgave former president Jacob Zuma, President Cyril Ramaphosa  described Zuma’s administration as “nine lost years” during a visit to Davos for the World Economic Forum.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Monday published a scathing open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, criticising him for being “in the belly of the beast which was the [Jacob] Zuma administration”.

In a statement issued on the IFP’s official website, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP national spokesperson, writes: “Utterances attributed to you that in Davos you spoke of ‘nine wasted years’ under Mr Zuma have taken me aback with a sense of shock as they are said with a very opportunistic view to distance yourself from the grave realities of those years, particularly for the poor majority as we saw everything from grand-scale corruption to the collapse of the economy to state capture.