In January, Trevor Manuel turns 60. That puts him at an age where he is thinking about the country his grandchildren will inherit. A stage of life where many dispense with niceties of political correctness to speak out on things that are wrong. And right now, to Manuel’s mind, there is a lot that is going very wrong in his beloved country.
For one thing, only lip service is paid to the National Development Plan, SA’s economic blueprint he spent five years guiding to conception. For another, Manuel is furious at what happened earlier this month in the Finance Ministry, a portfolio he spent more than a decade nurturing into a global position of esteem.
Manuel penned this open letter for City Press – republished here with the newspaper’s permission – in reaction to “reckless statements” from President Jacob Zuma’s acolyte, small business minister Lindiwe Zulu. In reality, he is blowing the whistle on Zuma’s puppeteers, perhaps unwittingly supporting similar concerns expressed last week by EFF’s deputy president Floyd Shivambu.