Pravin Gordhan – the Mad Hatter's man or saviour of South Africa?

2016-05-08 08:51

Pravin Gordhan recently voted in support of Zuma.

By doing so Gordhan disappointed me greatly, and surely he disappointed millions of hopeful South Africans. Our people need so much. We are engaged in a war, a war against poverty and social decline. A war against the rise of depravity and the most base of our human nature.  For us to do what is needed to win this war and achieve greatness as a nation we need greatness from our leaders. Sadly, our leaders have not an ounce of greatness within them. Our leaders are disgusting. They disgust me. I can no longer stand the sight of these spineless, gutless, narcissistic fools speaking to us as if we are dumb children.

Truth has died in our country. Lies are everywhere. Lies? We can no longer call them lies. For a false statement to be a lie, surely there must be at least someone that might believe it? No one believes the rubbish our leaders spout anymore. What does one call it when millions watch a leader saying things that are untrue, that everyone knows are untrue, and everyone does nothing and pretends that what is being said is true and sensible? Our president could just as well stand before us and say: “I am the reincarnation of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and I have returned to save all the pink and purple Smarties from destruction.” And then we clap hands, pretend that he is not insane and discuss the merits of saving the purple or pink Smarties first. What have we become?

We have entered the realm of the surreal, the realm of madness and delusion on a grand scale. The titanic is sinking, death is imminent and we are ordering champagne and discussing the weather.

We are losing the war.

I am starting to hate my country. I hate what we have become. I hate what we were. The tragedy of apartheid now followed by the tragedy of uncaring, incompetent and corrupt despotism. My country is an ever unfolding tragedy. I can see the tragedy unfolding on our streets. I see it on TV and I hear it on the radio, but I cannot stop it.  I can do nothing. My country makes me feel powerless, useless. I hate it.

Yet even now, in the midst of this maelstrom, somewhere within me hope still glimmers. Hope for the upcoming local elections. I will cast my vote against these disgusting “leaders”. I will strike against our collective insanity. But I fear that many of us will not. I fear that millions of us will shut our minds against reality, shut our minds against the truth. Many of us will vote for the “Smartie saving Mad Hatter from Wonderland” and all the he represents, spouting his delusion and disdain.

Feeling powerless makes me want to do desperate things. I want to reach into my television, into my radio and shake the "leader" spouting rubbish. It makes me want to give up and emigrate. It makes me callous: “screw the poor if they keep voting these crooked fools into government”

Pravin Gordhan is our minister of finance. He is in charge of the most powerful weapon we have in our war against poverty and decline. He is in charge of our money, and our money is the most direct representation of our collective power and ability.

Gordhan voted in favour of collective insanity. He voted for our continued focus on saving pink and purple Smarties whilst the future of our children is dying.

Originally, before Gordhan’s vote, my article was going to start like this:

”Pravin Gordhan and Thuli Madonsela, recent superheroes of the South African people in the fight against our common enemy: state capture, otherwise known as corruption on a grand scale.

Yes, corruption is a cancer that can and will destroy our society if we do not defeat it. We must defeat it. But beating corruption is merely the first battle in a long and protracted war.

That is our war against poverty and social decline.

Unfortunately, even though Pravin Gordhan may be the man that enables us to win this battle, he may also be the man that makes us lose the war.

Gordhan still has a choice. He could help us win the war. In the process he would achieve the NDP goals of his ex-colleague Trevor Manuel.

Gordhan's choice: he can either enable or destroy our ability to migrate to a joy economy by 2030.”

Sadly I now have doubts about Pravin. He no longer seems to be the kind of man that can lead us to greatness. He is seemingly the kind of man that votes for insanity.

Perhaps he believes that his vote is a single battle which he has surrendered so as to win the war. Perhaps. I hope so.

Below I briefly describe the greatness we require of Pravin. What Pravin can do for us and how. Each week I will provide detailed explanations for each of these points in follow-up articles.

I fear these goals seem impossible to achieve with our current batch of leaders.

Do you think Pravin Gordhan and the ANC can?

The what:

-- automate the production of safety and sustenance goods at speed, with broad ownership of the production infrastructure

-- build durable consumer infrastructure at speed – homes, water reticulation, schools, clinics

-- migrate to a Joy economy by 2030

The how: what Pravin must do to enable the above:

-- establish open and transparent governance and an open economy

-- rapidly increase “deficit” spending by creating sovereign, debt-free money

-- create municipal citizen investment platforms using a combination of debt free sovereign money and interest free debt money

-- locally constrain the majority of additional money to disconnect our rate of local collaboration from our rate of export

-- introduce a guaranteed basic income for all starting low in 2019 growing to an inflation adjusted R6 000 per month by 2030

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