Khoza warns of an­other Hitler, Amin as youth, poor ig­nored

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By SUE MACLEN­NAN

In order to self cor­rect, the ANC would have to get rid of 85% of its cur­rent lead­er­ship. “We are gov­erned by the psy­cho­log­i­cally de­feated,” Makhosi Khoza told the au­di­ence at the Arch­bishop Thabo Mok­goba Devel­op­ment Trust An­nual Lec­ture at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity on Mon­day 1 Oc­to­ber.

Khoza’s no-holds-barred take on get­ting ed­u­ca­tion right, sort­ing out lo­cal gov­ern­ment, work­ing with not against civil so­ci­ety and hold­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion as a moral ref­er­ence point were themes that con­firmed Khoza’s rep­u­ta­tion for fac­ing off with sa­cred cows.

The an­nual event with the theme of val­ues based lead­er­ship is hosted by the Busi­ness School and has fea­tured ex­tra­or­di­nary women in three of its four edi­tions.

Khoza was ap­pointed Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and Head of OUTA’S (Or­gan­i­sa­tion Un­do­ing Tax Abuse) Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Pro­gramme in May this year, nine months af­ter her ax­ing as chair­per­son of Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

If the is­sues in lo­cal gov­ern­ment weren’t solved, South Africa couldn’t be fixed, Khoza said.

“The money has gone and that’s why the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have col­lapsed. The cor­rup­tion bub­ble has burst – but we are still eat­ing,” Khoza said to the au­di­ence in Rhodes Uni­ver­sity’s Eden Grove Lec­ture Theatre.

Re­fer­ring to Makana’s rou­tine use of its equitable share (the por­tion of na­tional tax mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties get quar­terly for subsidising ser­vices to poorer res­i­dents) to pay off its Eskom debt, Khoza said, “There’s no dig­nity in that.

“The money’s gone – that’s why the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have col­lapsed. I don’t know why we are de­stroy­ing our peo­ple.

“The time looks short be­tween now and May,” Khoza said. “But the loot­ing that will hap­pen in that time!”

The other fac­tor de­stroy­ing lo­cal economies, Khoza said, was that en­trepreneurs were be­ing side­lined.

“Lo­cal busi­nesses are the only way gov­ern­ment has to pro­vide sus­tain­able and af­ford­able re­sources,” Khoza said. “We need small busi­nesses to cre­ate lo­cal jobs. Some of them are hold­ing up the lo­cal econ­omy.”

She was hor­ri­fied at the fact that un­der a Con­sti­tu­tion de­signed to undo the harm that separate devel­op­ment had wreaked, com­mu­ni­ties were once again sep­a­rat­ing them­selves.

“There is no free­dom of move­ment in some parts of Joburg,” she said. “Ar­eas are closed off with boom gates. This is be­cause we are gov­erned by a de­feated peo­ple who are liv­ing on the de­pri­va­tions of yes­ter­day.”

Khoza said that among those in charge of South Africa, a cul­ture of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion was greater than con­cern for con­se­quences on fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“The rate of unem­ploy­ment among our youth is a recipe for the rise of an Idi Amin, an Adolf Hitler,” Khoza said. “The con­di­tions are ripe.”

She also warned against sidelin­ing the in­ter­ests of the poor.

Cosatu Pres­i­dent Zingiswa Losi, who was in the au­di­ence, spoke about some of the poli­cies be­ing in­tro­duced by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramophosa. Losi is a mem­ber of the ANC’S Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

“What­ever poli­cies he makes, the Pres­i­dent needs civil so­ci­ety be­hind him,” Khoza replied. The cul­ture of the mass demo­cratic move­ment, where civil so­ci­ety was seen as in­te­gral to democ­racy, rather than as the en­emy, needed to be rekin­dled.

Pro­grammes and prin­ci­ples

But what should not be rekin­dled are old pro­grammes.

“The prob­lem with lib­er­a­tion move­ments is that they are es­tab­lished for a par­tic­u­lar mis­sion,” Khoza said. “The only way for them to sur­vive is to keep the pro­gramme of yes­ter­day alive.”

Peo­ple were no longer elected be­cause of lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, but for the con­trol they had over branches.

“A unity vote is not about prin­ci­ple,” she said.

“If the ANC wants to self cor­rect it must get rid of 85% of its lead­er­ship. This re­cy­cling of fail­ure is very in­sult­ing to me as a Black African.”

Land re­dis­tri­bu­tion

Khoza said she had no prob­lem with land re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

“I have a prob­lem with pri­or­i­ties. We have Grade 4s who can’t read or write.”

Khoza warned that fail­ure to fol­low proper pro­cesses in the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of land would res­ur­rect a colo­nial men­tal­ity and al­low white supremacy to flour­ish.

“Don’t cre­ate an an­tag­o­nis­tic en­vi­ron­ment,” she pleaded. “It will tear this coun­try apart.”

Since the lec­ture se­ries’ in­cep­tion four years ago, speak­ers have been for­mer Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela, for­mer pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe and for­mer First Lady, Graça Machel.

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