The Manyi fac­tor

Finweek English Edition - - LETTERS -

JEEP­ERS! We have a trig­ger happy trailblazer as Gov­ern­ment spokesman. Re­cently la­belled a racist by Trevor Manuel for his com­ments (rather ma­li­cious at­tacks) on the coloured com­mu­nity in the West­ern Cape, it isn’t hard to ar­gue other­wise. Many words come to mind when the name Jimmy Manyi pops up in a con­ver­sa­tion: im­be­cilic, aloof, su­per­cil­ious, brave, mav­er­ick and, oddly enough, sym­pa­thetic. But one word stands out in ev­ery ut­ter­ance of the Manyi ap­pel­la­tion: Con­tro­versy.

So, af­ter all the warn­ing signs and dis­ap­proval from in­side the rul­ing po­lit­i­cal party, the ques­tion one has to ask is: Is Manyi the “best” can­di­date to be Gov­ern­ment’s spokesman?

Well, if lob­by­ists who push for the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of ev­ery­thing (I won’t men­tion names) have their way, it’s yes. But come the time of a vi­able and ro­bust counter party to the ANC watch us flock in the other direc­tion. a democ­racy, in con­trast to the states which sur­round it. So we might ask what po­lit­i­cal rights the Pales­tini­ans will en­joy in the larger Is­rael, of which they will, willy-nilly, be­come mem­bers. And if they do re­ceive full po­lit­i­cal rights, what be­comes of the Jewish state?

If events since 1967 are any­thing to go by, Pales­tini­ans are des­tined to be ruled – po­lit­i­cally dis­en­fran­chised – by peo­ple they have no wish to be associated with. There’s a word for that and it be­gins with an “a”.

I won­der how Mul­hol­land feels about the apartheid state that’s now aris­ing in the shape of the Greater Is­rael.

GREATER IS­RAEL

The apartheid state that’s now

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