Its not about maths. Its about morals

2016-06-29 01:47

I was listening to radio this morning and people are speaking about this President Zuma thing and the amount of money he has to pay back for Nkandla. I must say that South Africans are moral people who have a clear benchmark of how they expect their leaders to behave. I like that.

Furthermore, I think the ANC members justifying the payment with mathematics and stuff are missing the whole point. The concern that people are raising with this matter is not the price he has to pay but rather it is the fact that morally the whole thing was NOT supposed to happen in the first place! A person called a President leading a country trapped with high levels of inequality and poverty is not supposed to be having security, swimming pools etc built for R250 million. In fact, if we were in another country he would be out of office facing serious prosecution in a court of law for theft.

Now when we say those things – ANC members must not think that we hate the organisation or because its 2016 we are pushing people not to vote for it. No! The point that we are driving home in everyone’s brain is that the ANC and South Africa at some stage where a symbol of heroism, human triumph and hope. The ANC and this country are too precious to be presided over by mediocrity and guardians of factions. We can do much better than this and this must never ever happen again. So those fools busy defending nonsense must know today that its not ‘about elections because even after August 3 we will still have poor education, unemployment, boring opposition parties and HIV still waiting for us to deal with.

Lastly, there is clearly a coordinated effort from leaders entrusted with power to brush away inequality and poverty. Whenever one of them is caught with his hands on the till, there is always blame put on apartheid or to the fact that “I only stole R5 million not R5 billion”. That kind of attitude cannot be allowed to win the day in our body politic. Our society must have clear values and moral compass, so clear such that breaking them is a taboo and a direct route to jail. Any kind of theft in a poor country is immoral and it must be dealt with.

We must never take our eyes off the ball: which is poverty, inequality and unemployment



29 JUNE 2016

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