Wealth or pol­i­tics?

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - JR RUW­ERS

YOUR RE­PORT head­lined “Botha makes bil­lions” (15 March) was an eye-opener. How can such tal­ent be al­lowed to leave our land? We need Roelof Botha’s flair for cre­at­ing wealth rather than the du­bi­ous value of af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion that the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance claims is so sa­cred.

Manuel is South Africa’s only trustee who’s re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing our na­tion’s wealth and wel­fare. But by preach­ing pol­i­tics he by­passes his prime duty as a trustee. Tak­ing from the rich doesn’t help the poor but de­stroys all in­cen­tive to work and pro­duce. It weak­ens both rich and poor.

US Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln in­spired his na­tion: “You can­not build char­ac­ter and courage by tak­ing away a man’s ini­tia­tive and in­de­pen­dence. You can­not help by do­ing for them what they should do for them­selves.”

Botha gen­er­ates bil­lions but Manuel dis- sipates it all. What do the peo­ple want? Wealth or pol­i­tics?

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