Best of opinions: How did we get here?

2017-06-15 16:38
President Jacob Zuma. (AP file)

President Jacob Zuma. (AP file)

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The impossible task of reviving confidence in the economy

who actually trusts Zuma’s government? Most likely those who are linked to the shadowy state over which he presides and to which taxpayers’ resources are illegally channeled at the expense of the constitutional state on which the majority depends. 

Without the necessary confidence from society, the government becomes dysfunctional. A successful government is one that inspires confidence. Confidence in government ensures that different sectors cooperate either voluntarily or respond positively to credible government policies or changes in leadership. To inspire confidence the government must be legitimate and credible. Legitimacy is derived from elections. Credibility from conduct. Zuma’s government lacks the latter.

The crisis of confidence Zuma’s administration faces is best illustrated by its disastrous management of the economy. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and his deputy Sfiso Buthelezi face an impossible task of reviving confidence in the South African economy.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela explains why why they will fail.

How did we get here?

The question reverberates around the room like an explosion. It is asked whenever small groups of serious ANC members meet and try to assess the political damage that has been caused to the movement over more than 20 years of freedom. ‘How did we get here?’ I have an answer: we walked away when wrongdoing took root and its putrid smell permeated all our endeavours. We wanted to keep our hands and noses clean. We are to blame as much as the current leaders are.  

My last point is a personal plea to President Zuma. At the end of the December 2017 conference the ANC will have a corps of new leaders, including a newly elected president. Zuma must not agree to the suggestion that his term be extended to align it with his current term as president of the country, which would change history by influencing the terms of future presidents. Such a move would have to be thoroughly discussed to determine whether it carries advantages for the ANC, writes Charles Nqakula.

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A letter to my unborn son on Father's Day

Last night your mom told me that you have started kicking. I was so overcome with joy that I wished I was next to her for me to experience this first hand.

I was so happy. I wanted to tell the whole world that my son is growing and that soon you will come into this world. My son is kicking!

But in all the midst of my excitement, a small voice said to me, “You have a lot of work on your hands now; teaching your son what his hands, feet and head are for. Telling him that these body parts are not made to hurt women,” writes Mthokozisi Zungu.

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