South Africa, butt of an international joke

2016-11-10 06:00

OUR state-owned enterprises have bankrupted South Africa’s economy, yet the EFF’s goal is to nationalise the mines and the banks.

In an attempt to conceal his devious, corrupt dealings with the Guptas, [Brian] Molefe described his visits to Saxonwold, the residential area of the Guptas, as trips to the Saxonwold shebeen – neither an imaginative, nor credible explanation.

Our millionaire, or rather billionaire Eskom head has increased the electricity tariffs, making hot water now a luxury and unaffordable for local households.

While indulging in the luxury of his apparent kickbacks, does Molefe cast a thought on the squatters, suffering in abject poverty, in the increasing number of squatter camps? Yet he sheds crocodile tears when he is accused of corruption and the allegation that he has been bought by the Guptas – as has our president and his cronies.

By no stretch of the imagination can South Africa be declared a democracy. Our president, with more than 700 charges against him, and who is apparently above the law, cannot be compelled to step down.

Hence, our Constitution makes a mockery of a democracy, being worthless, scraps of papers to be discarded in the nearest bin.

South Africa granted asylum to Jean Baptiste Aristide, a former Haiti dictator, who studied for Catholic priesthood. He was housed in luxury and provided with funds, as well as employment at Unisa. How did he rid himself of rivals? He necklaced them, a barbaric procedure, also instituted by Winnie Mandela. The International Court was seeking to charge him with crimes against humanity.

One April Fool’s Day, an advert on a school wall offered, “School for sale, teachers included free”. Our leaders want to sell us to the highest bidders. Neither Europe, nor America would want us. Our national debt was cancelled in 1994, but now we have a deficit of R3 trillion and another debt of R3 trillion to China for the nuclear power system. We are the butt of an international joke. We do not even have a functioning airline system.

Dr L.J. Peltz

Ramsgate

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