Whitewashing the blame

2014-06-29 15:00

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It is outrageous of Mondli Makhanya to accuse whites of carrying on with lives as normal and not feeling the need to assist in redress.

In 1994, the top management of the public service was white. Instead of keeping these skills, the ANC, in an obsessive rush towards demographic representivity, discarded generations of skills and experience. The price is being paid now.

Education is the worst in the world. The Free State department of health is near collapse. Local government is nearly nonfunctional in many areas. Why?

Because those with the skills and ability to undo the damage of apartheid and mentor black public servants were discarded. I would like Mr Makhanya to explain how whites could have assisted in redress if so many were dumped from the public service.

I am convinced that most of the senior whites so casually discarded would have been loyal to the new government and would have mentored black entrants to the public sector. South Africa would have been far better off if the most skilled whites, at least for a transitional period, were retained.

It is not surprising that many whites live in “comfort”. They were forced out of their state-sector comfort zones, and managed to establish themselves in business and consulting positions.

I hope Mr Makhanya appreciates that the “comfortable” private sector pays taxes and employs 80% of workers in South Africa.

Would Mr Makhanya have preferred that whites who were removed from their government posts had done nothing, and refused to apply their skills in the only arena open to them? It was a colossal error of judgement for the ANC to have discarded the very skills the country needed for redress.

Mr Makhanya has fingered the wrong culprit.

Willem Cronje


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