Best of opinions: Gupta scourge devastating SA

2017-07-04 15:54

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We can’t only blame the Guptas - Blade Nzimande

2017-07-04 12:41

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande says the Guptas are not the only people to be blamed for the state of the country. Watch. WATCH

If the Gupta family only came to South Africa to steal state money and become fabulously wealthy, we could have written off this tragic chapter in our history as a bad episode we could learn from.

But it is now becoming abundantly clear that they have a devastating impact on our democracy, our freedom, our economy and our political culture.

Worst of all, the Guptas have cynically (and quite successfully) launched a campaign to divert attention from their abuse by positioning “white monopoly capitalism” as the country’s real enemy and taking an axe to the already fragile race relations in the country, writes Max du Preez.

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We are all dying of a broken heart

For as long as there has been news, there have been attacks on the media. Business Day editor Tim Cohen ironically points out that BLF’s anti-democratic behaviour is reminiscent of how the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) used to intimidate journalists.

These attacks are attempts by people who have a lot to lose, to silence the people, to sway opinion away from the incriminating truth and to minimise open public discourse. It may never be tolerated.

It is one thing to say that you disagree with the facts, or that you interpret them differently. But it is another thing entirely to discard the truth and replace it with purposefully misleading, false reasoning and fake news. Personal attacks against journalists are a violation of the right of the public to be informed, writes Alet Janse van Rensburg.

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Disarray of the West is a golden opportunity for Africa

The liberal international order is in disarray and there is uncertainty as to what will replace it, which is a condition that will persist for a number of years, if not a decade.

Some analysts have already cast their eyes eastwards to China and Russia. It would be foolhardy to replace one increasingly ‘illiberal’ world order with another dominated by China and Russia, neither of which are doyens of principles of human freedom and the rule of law in terms of their own internal domestic situations.

To prevent the perpetuation of global instability, it is incumbent on other regions of the world, including Africa, Latin America and South East Asia to also offer their vision of how to remake the global order, write Tim Murithi and Ashanti Kunene.

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