All must benefit

2015-12-02 06:00

REV. THEUNIS BOTHA, Christian Democratic Party (CDP) leader:

IT has become obvious that the ANC has begun to move into top gear for the upcoming local government elections. They are in the process of purchasing expensive luxury vehicles for traditional leaders with tax payers’ money.

This is nothing less than a desperate attempt to buy the votes of the rural community.

At the same time they have pleaded poverty when it comes to drought relief to farmers. In granting relief they are as usual applying the system which favours the unproductive and penalises the productive.

A 100% assistance will go to subsistence farmers, 80% to medium farmers and a mere 20% to those farmers who supply the bulk of the country’s food needs.

At the same time they are promising “free education” to those attending university, all in an attempt to garner the support of young people.

They are prepared to offer these concessions without setting proper standards as to who will qualify for this generous gesture, once again paid for by the tax payer. The least they could do is to make students pay for themselves for the first year and then, depending on whether they achieve the required grades, consideration can be given to assist them in their later studies.

With first-year students failing at an alarming rate, this could realise a substantial saving which could assist those who are serious.

“Free education” must not be based on the communist criterion, which favours the poor and the ANC criterion which favours black people.

“Free education”, if introduced, should be free to all - poor and rich, black or white. It is time that the government, after more than 20 years in power, realise that although not elected by all the people of South Africa (thank goodness), they must rule in the interest of all the people of South Africa.

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