Roodt's ideas unorthodox, liberal - Dlamini

2015-08-17 07:56
Sidumo Dlamini (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Sidumo Dlamini (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Economist Dawie Roodt's three-point plan for how the country can improve is unorthodox and too liberal, according to Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini.

"He's advancing for some unilateral policies or initiatives," Dlamini told News24.

"For me it's only liberal thoughts that he is introducing which in my view will not solve South Africa's problem of joblessness, inequality and poverty."

Roodt wrote an open letter to all South Africans after he was seriously injured when armed robbers held up his family in their Pretoria home.

In the letter, titled "I choose the greater fear - A letter to my fellow South Africans – all of them", he laments government bureaucracy and how the country is deteriorating. He outlines a three-point plan on how things could be improved. Read the full letter here.

Dlamini said Roodt's plan would "enhance maximisation of profits for business". More people needed to be employed, which would eradicate poverty.

Roodt said obstacles to employment needed to be removed and that the focus should not be on creating jobs, but rather on not preventing willing people from creating their own jobs.

"He's arguing for a plan, neo-liberal in character... more people want a job," Dlamini said.

The Cosatu president did not like Roodt's use of the word "world-class", with reference to skills.

"We need more skilled people. Once you say world-class he is suggesting that we can get that from outside South Africa."

Dlamini said Roodt's idea that civil servants should reapply for their jobs was "crazy".

"He's not providing solutions."

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