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It must be mentioned that the government of South Africa has not been particularly decisive about whether or not it wants complete liberation for all South Africans or if it is interested in maintaining the status quo which is the same order that existed during apartheid, writes Mcebo Dlamini
Africa continues to plunge deeper into an economic crisis.
The rate of
unemployment is growing annually, and the government does not seem to have a
solution to this problem.
As a result of this, more and more young people find
themselves having no choice but to resort to crime, drug use and ultimately,
This is a cause for concern because the future of South Africa is
dependent on the youth and if the government does not have a plan to alleviate
young people from the quagmire that they are in then it means that the nation
is headed for doom.
Who then should bear the responsibility of coming up with
solutions for this problem if the government is blatantly refusing to make
structural adjustments that will curb this deepening economic crisis?
there was political will from the government, we would not be experiencing some
of the economic problems that we are facing as a nation.
It is a known fact
that very few countries are as rich in minerals and in agriculture as South
But despite all of this we continue to be one of the most unequal and poverty-stricken
countries in the world.
Of course, this has much to do with our brutal history of
colonialism which still expresses itself rudely even today.
But amid all of
that it must be mentioned that the government of South Africa has not been
particularly decisive about whether or not it wants complete liberation for all
South Africans or if it is interested in maintaining the status quo which is the
same order that existed during apartheid.
is quite evident in the utterances of the current minister of finance Mr Tito
Mboweni who has been arrogantly questioning the decisions that were taken by a
collective of the ANC regarding the direction that the country must take.
doing this, not only does he undermine the collective wisdom of the ANC that
deployed him into office but he also undermines the voters who voted for the
ANC because of the policies that it promised to implement.
This sends a message
that suggests that the ANC is willing to lie to its people just so that they
get votes after that they forget about the promises.
I do not believe that this
is the reputation that the ANC wants to assume.
Why would Mboweni boldly state
that there is no need for the Reserve Bank to be state owned when the organisation
on its resolutions has stated clearly why it is important to do so.
this is not the only concern, Mboweni has been consistently questioning the
need for state-owned companies in South Africa.
This demonstrates his support of privatisation
which has not done anything to benefit the poor majority of South Africans - privatisation has often resulted in job losses for the people.
increase the already extremely tilted scale of inequality making black people
(who are the majority) even poorer.
This is more so in a country with a history
such as South Africa that still needs to be addressed.
privatisation model that is often used to argue for privatisation will not fit
snuggly in South Africa because the contexts are vastly different.
something that the minister is aware of and it therefore begs the question: for
whose benefit is this insistence on privatising state-owned enterprises?
Certainly not for the black majority.
is also interesting to think about the reason why the Government Employee
Pension Fund, which is the Treasury, has been reluctant to restructure the
investment policy to be more supportive of the public sector.
Note that parastatals such as Eskom and the SAA receive their bailouts from the national
budgets together with education, health, housing etc.
Why is it that the policy
is changed such that the public sector also benefits?
Should that not be at the
core of any developmental state? Treasury has a lot of funds that it can
acquire from investors to support the public sector outside of relying on the national budget but there seems to be no political will.
seems that the country continues to bootstrap and there is no progress.
ourselves in the same predicament we were in when GEAR and AsgiSA were
The continuation of this is concerning because it suggests a
certain kind of complacency.
We cannot continue to be stagnant as a nation just
because we have a leadership that does not have political will to make decisions
that will structurally change the economic conditions of South Africa.
- Dlamini is a former chairperson of the Wits SRC. He writes in his personal capacity.
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