Humans, a mix of good and evil

2016-01-13 06:00

THERE is a perception that P.W. Botha was the epitome of evil. To suggest that anything good happened in South Africa in the eighties, or that anything could possibly be worse today, is thus tantamount to praising the ex-president, and an act of treason.

All humans are a mix of good and evil, and Botha was no exception. South Africa is still in a froth that Dianne Kohler Barnard could suggest that education, health and policing were better in Botha’s time than they are today. Equally, one could argue that many things are worse under the ANC than they were under the NP, even for black people.

In the eighties, fewer than 10 000 people were murdered annually. Today that figure stands at double that if you believe the police stats, triple that if you accept the medical council figures, and five times that if you believe Interpol’s statistics. The vast majority are blacks.

It is incontrovertible that we can praise Botha for caring more about the life of ordinary South Africans than the incumbent, and I am no fan of his. His indecisiveness at his Rubicon speech meant we had only one Nelson Mandela term. Just imagine if it had been two.

Kohler Barnard should never have been suspended in the first place, and it’s a good thing the DA has come to its senses.


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