Democ­racy – when it suits you

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - IAN FOSTER

I’VE BEEN FOL­LOW­ING the spat be­tween He­len Zille and cer­tain fac­tions within the ANC in the West­ern Cape quite closely. First and fore­most it would seem that democ­racy suits the ANC when it’s in power but not when it comes sec­ond. It’s Zille’s pre­rog­a­tive to ap­point whom­so­ever she wishes to her pro­vin­cial cab­i­net, in as much as it’s Ja­cob Zuma’s to do so at cen­tral Gov­ern­ment level. She doesn’t have to kow­tow to the ANC in the West­ern Cape – it came sec­ond, re­mem­ber?

And as far as hav­ing only men in her cab­i­net, that’s also her pre­rog­a­tive. It’s far bet­ter hav­ing peo­ple who can do the job than fill­ing posts with fe­male faces who fail to de­liver – re­mem­ber Manto Tsha­bal­ala-Msi­mang, No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and even Dlamini-Zuma? Not one of them was able to de­liver any­thing ap­proach­ing a de­cent ser­vice to SA’s peo­ple.

The first had beet­root reme­dies to fight the most se­ri­ous pan­demic in man’s his­tory, the sec­ond failed to stop ram­pant cor­rup­tion in her depart­ment and the last sided with the world’s pariah states in the face of UN con­dem­na­tion.

And Zille ac­cus­ing Zuma for putting his wives at risk by hav­ing un­pro­tected sex with an HIV pos­i­tive woman? No lie there. But for that the ANC ac­cused her of show­ing dis­re­spect to the Pres­i­dent, yet it ac­cuses her of sleep­ing with the “con­cu­bines” in her cab­i­net.

Last time I looked a con­cu­bine was fe­male and Zille doesn’t have any of those in her cab­i­net – the rea­son for the great up­roar in the first place.

Rand­burg, via email

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