Time for ANC to face the truth
“Anatomy of a Crisis” (Cover Story, September 13-19) traces our journey during the Jacob Zuma years that delivered a perfect storm, with help from the Gupta family and other corrupt cronies.
After the global meltdown, trading conditions normalised. Had fiscal discipline been enforced, our sovereign debt kept manageable and those involved in malfeasance prosecuted, the crisis we now face could have been averted.
The country’s loss of skills has affected our manufacturing base, resulting in empty shelves. There is also a problem of a hostile and unproductive labour force — and a possible change of sentiment by Moody’s, turning to a negative outlook.
In almost every area of government we can see collapse, and the ruling party seems at war with itself.
It is not surprising that the forecasts of the future role of agriculture and the contribution it makes to our GDP are uncertain, because of the debate raging about property rights. We seem to have entered the eye of a hurricane, and recovery is only likely when the government realises that the private sector — not idealistic socialist nonsense — is the catalyst that drives the economy.