Mondli Makhanya’s attack on the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in his column, titled “Don’t sabotage SA”, as seeking to “sabotage” South Africa’s prospects of accessing funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), mistakes reasoned analysis advanced to secure better lives for all citizens as an unpatriotic impulse akin to sabotage.
Makhanya is good enough to acknowledge our “solid record of intellectual work and advocacy”, but fails to recognise that this record over more than 90 years is precisely what guides our current campaign.
The IRR is by no means opposed to the IMF funding, we foresaw its inevitability when the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic hit early this year. It’s quite probable that more will be needed, on top of the concessional Covid-19 relief it is offering. The case we are making is that these funds must be put to good use in a way that assists South Africa’s recovery.