Is the ANC treat­ing party vet­er­ans fairly?

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Velefini Mh­longo KwaZulu-Natal It’s a big ‘no’ for me. The ANC of to­day only thinks of it­self. Allen Gaut­eng I think that the cur­rent ANC lead­ers are wrong in the way they treat the vet­er­ans and our coun­try. They have no re­spect for the peo­ple of this coun­try and those who voted for the ANC. No­musa KwaZulu-Natal They are not treated with re­spect. Their is­sues are treated as fool­ish, but we all have these con­cerns. The ANC just closes its eyes and thinks all is well if it doesn’t see the re­al­ity. Come 2019, it will re­alise that the vet­er­ans were cor­rect. James Martens KwaZulu-Natal The ANC is no longer a party of tol­er­ance, fair­ness and hon­our. It is now a party of [Pres­i­dent Ja­cob] Zuma and his horde, and seeks to serve their nar­row in­ter­ests first. Pumla Mkaza Western Cape I wish some­one could ex­plain to me how, in a coun­try with such a high un­em­ploy­ment rate of its own, bor­ders can re­ally still be open for peo­ple to come and be de­pen­dent on us as tax­pay­ers – the for­eign­ers make lit­tle to no contribution to our tax rev­enue.

They are stand­ing with us in line for houses, grants and work.

This is not be­ing xeno­pho­bic – where must we go? Our gov­ern­ment is not both­ered be­cause its em­ploy­ees live in gated and safe com­mu­ni­ties. Let the for­eign­ers move into Sand­ton and Con­stan­tia and see who will com­plain then.

These in­ter­ests are fo­cused on se­cur­ing ac­cess to state re­sources and funds. The vet­er­ans know this and are ex­cluded from these cir­cles.

Even­tu­ally, the peo­ple of South Africa will wake up and re­move the ANC at the bal­lot box. The ANC will no longer be the gov­ern­ing party – this is how democ­ra­cies work. Long live democ­racy, long live the will of the peo­ple of South Africa.

Soon, our voices will be heard and the ANC of Zuma and his horde will be warm­ing the op­po­si­tion benches in Par­lia­ment. Pe­ter North West I be­lieve the cur­rent lead­er­ship of Zuma’s ANC is not treat­ing our vet­er­ans fairly. They are mess­ing with our move­ment and I won­der whether it is still worth it to be a mem­ber of the ANC. Elvis Nkosi Mpumalanga I don’t think the vet­er­ans re­ceived a fair deal here. The lead­er­ship is duty-bound to lis­ten to each and ev­ery mem­ber of the ANC and deal with their is­sues, it doesn’t mat­ter if the out­come is in their favour or not. Lefa Free State Do not at­tribute ev­ery at­tack on for­eign­ers to xeno­pho­bia. Nige­ri­ans, es­pe­cially, are crim­i­nals – pros­ti­tut­ing our ladies, sell­ing drugs and com­mit­ting cy­ber crimes.

Po­lice are com­plicit in the mat­ter – in­ves­ti­gate if they are on the pay­roll of these crim­i­nals. Blame the po­lice for so-called xeno­pho­bia. Blame the gov­ern­ment as well for al­low­ing every­one to en­ter the coun­try and do as they please; it’s a banana repub­lic. Do we need Nige­ri­ans to open hair sa­lons here; is it a spe­cialised job that can­not be done by South Africans? Maybe some in gov­ern­ment, apart from the po­lice, are also on the pay­roll of crim­i­nals. Only ig­no­rant peo­ple be­lieve the ut­ter­ances of the ANC that the cur­rent eco­nomic prob­lems are solely caused by so-called white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal. In­stead, we have a black mo­nop­oly.

It is true that white peo­ple ben­e­fited dur­ing apartheid, and black peo­ple were dis­crim­i­nated against po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally. There is no one who dis­putes the fact that black peo­ple have been ex­ploited in this coun­try for more than 300 years.

But the ANC is worse than the apartheid gov­ern­ment be­cause it only em­pow­ers a few black peo­ple – those who are po­lit­i­cally con­nected.

It is also true that the ANC gov­ern­ment can­not undo in just 23 years what the apartheid gov­ern­ment cre­ated. South Africa is a rich coun­try, but money is be­ing chan­nelled to a few black elites and the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are left out. Ev­ery day, ANC cadres fight and kill one another be­cause of ten­ders and po­si­tions.

The apartheid gov­ern­ment em­pow­ered all Afrikan­ers, ir­re­spec­tive of their sta­tus. It cre­ated jobs for all white Afrikan­ers – un­like the ANC, which en­riches a few blacks.

This small, black elite also ex­ploits black work­ers. The ANC gov­ern­ment thinks the cake is too small to be shared by all the peo­ple – it is blinded by greed.

The con­ti­nent was first plun­dered by Eu­ro­peans, but now is be­ing plun­dered by a few black elites.

Since 1994, the ANC has been giv­ing big ten­ders to po­lit­i­cally con­nected in­di­vid­u­als. Some of these in­di­vid­u­als do not in­vest the money they re­ceive from gov­ern­ment.

They are not en­trepreneurs, but ten­der­preneurs. The ANC should stop blam­ing “white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal” be­cause, right now, we have a mi­nor­ity black mo­nop­oly cre­ated by the beloved move­ment.

All the ANC big­wigs have shares in the so-called white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

Poor black peo­ple must vote the ANC out of power. When the ANC is gone, pen­sion­ers will con­tinue re­ceiv­ing their pen­sion money. Tax is not paid by ANC mem­bers only, but by all the peo­ple in the coun­try. By the way, black peo­ple re­ceived pen­sions be­fore the ANC came to power in 1994.

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