A lot more than three strikes
THANKS FOR THE great column, Kader Asmal, but it’s a lot more than three strikes (The Beloved Country, 17 March). That the “terminally ill” pugilistic parolee Schabir Shaik is enjoying golf and supping at swanky restaurants is a slap in the face of every lawabiding citizen. As was the dropping of the corruption charges against our lacklustre, lustful leader, President Jacob Zuma.
Now the summary dismantling of the Scorpions post-Polokwane has been successfully challenged and found unconstitutional. But will Government actually do anything about it? And don’t get me started on the profligate spending of our hard-earned tax money on luxury vehicles, refurbishment of ministerial residences and drunken youth conferences. The challenge is to continue to believe in the dream, stand firm and keep calling our leaders to account, as you do. Mugabe being the most “notorious”.
So what does that spell for our emerging economy? Judging by the trend, there will be more refugees from Zimbabwe, leading to a further depletion of South Africa’s State resources (healthcare, relief programmes and shelter). SA’s “tough love” approach to tyranny will only reassure international investors about stability, thus securing much-needed investments in infrastructure, energy explorations and so on. So I beg – no, plead – of the Zuma Government: please cut ties with DICTATORS! President Kgalema Motlanthe, who in some mysterious fashion tried to make out those who exposed Jimmy Manyi for what he is, are in fact the racists and not dear comrade Jimmy.
Motlanthe said in New York that Africa offered great opportunities for academics to make a meaningful contribution. “We call upon the American people in different fields of human endeavour to once again join hands with us so that together we can contribute to the achievement of these important goals of reconstruction and development.”
He omitted to say it was factors such as racist legislation, interference in the economy, stifling labour policies and idiotic public utterances by members of his party that led to the exodus of droves of academics and other skilled South Africans in the first place. There would have been no need for him to be standing with the begging bowl in New York had the policies of his party not made life untenable for many South Africans and forced them to seek a livelihood in foreign fields.
We’ll never be a true democracy as long as we have policies relegating many of us to second-rate citizens. It’s time the best man for the job should in fact get the job.