We can’t af­ford a ba­nana repub­lic

CityPress - - Voices - Sid­well Tshingi­lane Rockville

Let’s wait and see what the Marikana Com­mis­sion of In­quiry is go­ing to rec­om­mend, but what­ever the out­come is, the rule of law is go­ing to pre­vail in South Africa. We can’t af­ford a ba­nana repub­lic in South Africa any more. There is a long his­tory of ex­ploita­tion and an ex­pec­ta­tion that things would be dif­fer­ent in our democ­racy. It re­ally is a com­plex and hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion. I be­lieve more could have been done.

We seem to be far more wor­ried about in­vestor con­fi­dence than peo­ple’s liv­ing con­di­tions, pri­mary health­care, hous­ing and ed­u­ca­tion. l dis­agree with the deputy pres­i­dent when he says we must all take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what hap­pened in Marikana. Let’s all hope that the com­mis­sion will not be bi­ased on this im­por­tant is­sue. The Min­ing Char­ter has been ig­nored by mines for years and it is about time our gov­ern­ment takes ac­tion.

FO­CUS Judge Ian

Far­lam

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