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Catch-22 and a half

13 October 2012, 15:09

Dear President Zuma,

Very, very astute of you to finally realize that the on-going strikes are harming the economy, not that I expect you ascertained this all by yourself. That would be asking a bit much, given your hectic schedule and with having so many personal matters to deal with – nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Anyway, it would seem that not all of your advisors are totally blinkered, or completely caught up in booking seats on the gravy train, but then possibly some of your cronies - those with shall we say vested interests in mining – may have come to your aid.

In any event, well done for noticing the obvious. Now, what are you going to do about it?

It may also have escaped your attention up until now that your own government has a large hand - actually many hands - in this little pot-stirring exercise so please allow me to illuminate the obvious flaws in your government of national unity, or whatever you deign to call it.

Your government - for lack of a more suitable word as “ruling” party conjures up very unpleasant images - is a loose coalition of the ANC, THE TRADE UNIONS and the communists – all five of them. Please try and understand the moral, ethical and philosophical problems this creates, also note the capital letters – very important.

The unions are fairly powerful – you may have yourself noticed this lately – in that they have many members who pay subscription fees. Come election time they then vote for the ANC, this also pretty obvious as their leaders – many of whom are coincidently also in government – tell them to do so, and this enables you to get them all on your side, under one revolutionary banner so to speak.

Nothing like having a huge majority in parliament as it certainly gives you free reign to spend, travel and live well with no party poopers spoiling the fun. There is a down side however.

The problem now arises that these union members are pretty tired of living in shacks, and having to work damn hard just to do so, whilst you spend their money not on educating or housing them and their children but on building yourself a palace, and roads, and whatever else it is that you figure you need. Noticed the problem yet?

The people who voted for you, and your party, are paying fees to unions to assist them in times of need and they are also being taxed on their earnings. They actually voted for you because you promised them a better life. Remember that?

They are now beginning to wonder why you suddenly have so much money whilst they are still poor, really poor, especially when they work hard and yet you seem to have no visible means of support, like young Julius.

This raises questions: should they continue being union members when the unions can’t seem to decide if they themselves are for their members or for the government?

Should they continue voting for you when you seem to be one of those who have got very wealthy, whilst they still have nothing?

Are the ANC actually a party of the people, and the workers, or are the leaders all in it just for the money?

Does this help explain the confusion created by having nationalists, socialist and communists all under one banner but all having their own agendas? No real unity, is there?

You’re now telling everybody that the strikes are harming the economy but you’re neglecting to mention that the strikers are also ANC supporters, people whom you are depending on for re-election.

This is called catch-22 but then you obviously won’t know that, not having read the book.

I’m not going to spoil your fun by telling you how this concludes as I would much rather see your solution. Please do let us know how it works out.

Yours sincerely,

A Taxpayer

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