Best of opinions: Guptas citizenship gets more curious

2017-06-28 15:55

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Malusi Gigaba, Ernie Els and the curious case of the Guptas' citizenship

There is a saying in politics that it is often the small transgressions that end a political career.

Well perhaps not so much in our country in recent times, but in most other democracies.

We really don’t get shocked unless it goes into the hundreds of millions or even billions. Mcebisi Jonas was after all not offered sixty thousand rand or even six million rand. He was promised a whopping six hundred million rand to become a Gupta lackey.

Despite all of this, we should be careful not to become too blasé about what look like relatively small transgressions among our Cabinet ministers, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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#GuptaLeaks: What do we do with the stench in the room?

The Gupta racism is an opportunity to further reflect on the precarious position of poor black South Africans. We know that contingent white South Africa continues to be contemptuous of black people. However, what has been exposed by the Gupta emails and the conduct of black politicians is that the black elite reflects the same contempt. In deviously playing the race card, the Guptas have revealed the hand that holds the keys to the patronage of the future. Two elite groups vie for a place at the top of the pile; with both more than willing to mobilise on the issue of race.

I want to suggest that instead of being disgusted by the Guptas, we might want to see the exposure of their racist conduct as a blessing. In creating a white gevaar, as a diversion tactic for the looting, the Guptas have unwittingly focused attention on the dangers of unchecked black power. The emails have given us an opportunity to see that parasitic elites, regardless of colour, are not good for society, writes Mvuso Ponono.

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Taxi owners aren't doin' it for themselves

Since it is huge, why is the taxi industry not coming together to establish their own insurance company, where it will pay premiums they believe are fair? Why are taxi owners not putting their money together to create a financial structure that will loan it money to buy minibuses, where they will be charged the amount that they would like to pay?

If Toyota Quantums are too expensive, is Toyota the only company that can produce minibuses? Why is the industry not negotiating with other car manufactures for ‘reasonable’ prices – and supporting those companies by buying from them? There is no car manufacturer – including Toyota – that has a monopoly over the production of minibuses.

Africans, including taxi drivers, have a big advantage of buying power because of their majority. This means that they can create businesses with huge success as long as they will back them. In that way they can collapse many businesses if they withdraw their support for them. But the problem with it (buying power) is that it cannot work for people who are not even aware that they are holding it and are not united – people who only know that they have to meet when they have to protest and blockade the roads, writes Msizi Zondi.

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