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Editorial: We must all fight to get our country back

2017-06-11 06:10

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The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. This was an observation made by philosopher Plato thousands of years ago.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema could not articulate that sentiment quite so eloquently, but he meant exactly the same when he exhorted South Africans to get off their butts and fight for this country.

During a media conference on Thursday, Malema urged South Africans to go to the streets in protests that are mass-led, not politically aligned or aligned to nongovernmental organisations.

“Every individual in South Africa should say: Not in my name.

“I cannot sit back and allow the Guptas to steal from my country. We must stop blaming Zuma. We must start blaming South Africans for doing nothing, even when clear evidence of corruption is presented before them.”

Regardless of political motivations, Malema made perfect sense. For too long, South Africans have harboured false hope that the ANC’s national executive committee can come up with a solution to stop the country’s resources from being “captured” by the Guptas.

In the past three weeks, the evidence of how the country has been sold to the Guptas by Zuma and his family has been laid bare through the publications of emails whose authenticity has not been contested. But there is barely a whimper that any consequence will result from this. There is not much hope that any politician or senior officials in government and the parastatals will resign in disgrace from the scandal.

There is also little faith that the country’s justice instruments, including the police or the National Prosecuting Authority, will act. So, Malema is right: it now behoves the people to decide whether they will just lump it and move on or fight to stop the rot.

Read more on:    gupta emails  |  state capture


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