Is Zuma sab­o­tag­ing the econ­omy on pur­pose?

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Sandy John­ston Rivo­nia, Gaut­eng

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a reg­u­lar fol­lower of busi­ness and fi­nan­cial me­dia, and it has be­come in­creas­ingly ap­par­ent that econ­o­mists and busi­ness­peo­ple are to­tally at a loss to iden­tify any ves­tiges of a co­her­ent strat­egy or eco­nomic pol­icy on the part of govern­ment.

In ad­di­tion, govern­ment’s re­ac­tion to spec­tac­u­lar fail­ures in es­sen­tial ser­vices, such as pro­vi­sion of elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion, is al­ways com­pletely off key and in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Is it pos­si­ble that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and his gov­ern­ing elite do not want the South African econ­omy to do well be­cause they pre­fer to have ex­tremely low lev­els of em­ploy­ment and wide­spread poverty?

Come elec­tion time, this makes the elec­torate more pli­able in terms of to­tally des­per­ate souls giv­ing away their vote for a “Christ­mas box”.

Zuma’s ANC also falsely strength­ens bene­fac­tor sta­tus, in terms of the state’s sub­sis­tence-level grants to large num­bers of dis­ad­van­taged/poverty-stricken peo­ple.

Con­versely, it’s cer­tainly true to say that a more eco­nom­i­cally up­lifted elec­torate is far more likely to ques­tion the on­go­ing ab­ject fail­ures of govern­ment.

Over the past 20 years, govern­ment has spent hun­dreds of bil­lions of rands on school education, which has pro­duced an un­e­d­u­cated and un­e­d­u­ca­ble gen­er­a­tion.

In terms of ter­tiary education, which re­ceives mi­nus­cule fund­ing com­pared with schools, how ironic that our seat of govern­ment was bar­ri­caded by po­lice to re­pel hordes of an­gry univer­sity stu­dents protest­ing against un­af­ford­able and es­ca­lat­ing fees.

In terms of a to­tal ab­sence of any form of co­her­ent re­sponse, one can­not but ques­tion govern­ment’s mo­tives.

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