In reply to Bo Mbindwane regarding Maimane and Zuma

2016-01-08 06:30

Guest contribution by Dean Macpherson, DA MP.

I am very glad that Bo Mbindwane has finally revealed himself as the ANC’s, Praiser-in-Chief with his bizarre piece on Mmusi Maimane after he revealed a billboard in central Johannesburg stating that 1.8 million more people are unemployed since President Zuma took his oath of office in 2009. These facts are not uncontested by Bo but rather he looks to justify why its not the Presidents fault because we all know Number 1 is not a fan of personal accountability but rather favours the ‘collective’ model.

Bo's unwavering support for Jacob Zuma know’s no bounds except when one looks at his twitter account between 10 - 14 December 2015 when he wobbled in his shock and disbelief that his hero President had ‘given in’ to the markets and changed his mind on the appoint of Des Van Rooyen as Finance Minister. For everyone else, it was a welcomed relief, including the millions of state employees that had billions wiped off their pensions.

For Bo, the real reason so many South African’s are unemployed, mostly young black people, is because Capital is ‘hoarding’ its money and something should be done about it post haste! This is insulting to every unemployed person to say the least and is far too simplistic for a man as intelligent as Bo.

Further more, Bo would have us believe that the ANC Goverment is in fact the hero of the day and has done everything it can to create conditions to see employment soar through the roof. This could not be further from the truth.

The real reason South Africa’s economy is in such a mess is because the ANC cant do what it promised millions of South African’s in the NDP, and that is to create 11 million jobs by 2030 through a lean and clean government, whereby creating conducive conditions for investment and job creation. In fact the ANC has put on the table exactly the opposite with devastating consequences not to mention the rejection of the NDP by its alliance partners, COSATU and the SACP.

The recently passed Protection of Investment Bill which should create certainty for investors into South Africa after the government went about cancelling Bilateral Investment Treaties with Europe and others (except for China where we went and signed a new one) does nothing of the sort. In fact the American Chamber of Commerce said that the Bill would be ‘another nail in the coffin of the economy’. This means thousands of jobs are at stake because the ANC refused to listen to the very constituency its trying to appeal to, investors.

FDI flows into South Africa dropped by 31.2% to $5.8-billion in 2014, down from $8.3-billion in 2013 whereby flows to East and Central Africa increased by 11% to $6.8-billion and 33% to $12.1-billion respectively. Foreign investors have major concerns about South Africa’s economy and its legislative regime which we are simply ignoring to the detriment of job creation. But who cares hey Bo, we don't need the West? Clearly East and Central Africa have other ideas.

In order to stimulate local investment, investors want to know that their Goverment has a clear plan to grow the economy and the political will to do so. How do local investors then inject capital into the economy when they don't know if the Finance Minister wont be replaced twice in a week? That state institutions are sacred and wont be interfered with to meet the personal gain of the State President like we’ve seen in the NPA, the Police and now SARS? In order for businesses to expand, they need to grow. In order for them to grow, they need government as the custodian of policy, infrastructure development and effective administration to get its act together. How is it possible that an entrepreneur can register a business in war-torn Afghanistan quicker than he/she can in democratic South Africa?

What South Africa needs for everyones sake is for Goverment and business to work together but the ANC has very little appetite for this. Its easier for Bo and the ANC to whip business for South Africa’s unemployment crisis than it is to take a long hard look at how Jacob Zuma is actually the enemy of every unemployed person in South Africa and how he revealed this when he sacked former Minister Nene to satisfy the desires of Dudu Myeni.

For Jacob Zuma, the needs of Myeni came before the needs of unemployed South African’s. He chose patronage of a few above the needs of millions of people who need a job to better their lives and those around them.

Until such time as Jacob Zuma, the ANC and Bo Mbindwane put the needs of South African’s first, they reveal themselves to be the protectors of the status quo, unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Dean Macpherson MP is the Democratic Alliance Shadow Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry

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