As much as I love all the people of South Africa, I cannot help but observe that the African National Congress is incapable of governing. I was a big supporter of the ANC before and after 1994, until recently. I was an activist for the comrades. I conspired with those who arranged for the collapse of the National Party through orchestrating the debt collapse of the NP.
But being a keen observer of what is, rather than what is hoped for, the reality of the situation is that the ANC is incapable of governing. Why is this and what led to the situation? It has a very large number of capable people. It has the heart to truly govern well. What has gone wrong? I know of a number of ANC business people who will not participate in ANC structures for fear of assassination.
I must confess that I began to see the writing on the wall when comrade Chris Hani was assassinated. Hani represented the "from the earth" group of people in South Africa. While his assassination may have been orchestrated, one must ask, "By whom"? It was surely not by a polish immigrant and a right wing "gone wrong rooinek"? This assassination seemed to me to be "too convenient" for the leadership of the ANC.
Since then, there has been a plethora of ill-judged and mismanaged policy decisions. The most laughable of all is the BEE policies of the ANC (affirmative action that the National Party invented).
South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority (Go figure?). who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is a testament to the complete failure on their part to build their own wealth creating structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others. And that sums up the ANC.
How do they resolve economic crises? Employ more cadres (only those who are politically connected) and watch the debt to GDP ratio rise from 20% (already an unacceptable level) to 45% (since 2008). The rise of public employees to private sector employees is staggering, as is their average wage earnings.
“Hold onto what you've got, it doesn't really matter if you're ready or not”. Living on prayer? No greed.
So the mantra of the ANC is "employ more people in the public service, and let the taxpayers foot the bill, and if we can't raise taxes, through whatever means, we will raise the national debt".
This is good governance? Not likely.
Hold onto your "money belts" because the ANC will surely launch into another attack thereof to save themselves. Fortunately, their e-tolling has not been been successful, but, as I said, hold onto your money belts, another attack is surely on the horizon.
Such a pity when democracy seemed so attainable, but the ANC are unwilling participants. Of course, it is all due to apartheid (remember that?). Such a convenient excuse isn't it?