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Mantashe's utterances about Anglo treasonous, not FNB

23 January 2013, 11:32

These uneducated morons from the ANC need to consult with their lawyers.  FNB actions were not treasonous as claimed but rather patriotic.  Treason is defined as the betrayal of one's own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.  A patriot on the other hand is someone who supports their country not with blind loyalty but rather with an inquisitive mind and not be afraid to speak up when issues arise. 

This ANC government is very sensitive to criticism and is starting to behave in a dictatorial manner.  The way the FNB issue has been handled as well the handling of the Anglo Platinum issue shows a deep hatred of criticism and divergent views (hence the Secrecy Bill).  Attempting to divert attention from the issues raised in the FNB campaign is dishonest.  The issues will not go away, Nkandla is not going away, corruption is not going away, Anglo retrenchments are not going away.

It could be argued that Manatshe’s utterances about Anglo are actually treasonous.  He is reported to have said that Anglo is closing up shafts to influence platinum prices.  Now if this isn’t treasonous, I do not know what is.  In addition, this is defamatory.  Firstly, Mantashe is accusing Anglo of anti-competitive behaviour which carries a significant fine in all jurisdictions in the world.  If this charge is proven, Anglo (and its South African shareholders – which includes most of us who contribute to pension funds), will face stiff penalties in Europe.  Remember Sasol was fined 525 million Euros for anti-competitive behaviour in Europe.

So to the ANC, start governing properly and stop attacking business.  Your cushy jobs are being paid by the very same people you attack in public.  Admit failure, admit your mistakes and ask for help and the nation will respect you.  Show humility.  You are alienating voters and you are going to shed a lot of votes in the upcoming elections.

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