Political madness is devouring SA
RECENTLY, the South African political scene has become so toxic and convoluted that it has become difficult to differentiate friend from foe, the innocent from the guilty, the corrupt from the honest, the scavengers from the predators and blatant lies from untarnished truth.
Once considered the finest democracy in Africa 20 years ago, SA is now in paralysis.
The mood about our democracy is sombre now in comparison with the exuberance of 25 years ago, at the height of the Mandela presidency. With the no-confidence debate now relegated to the dustbin of history, a menacing threshold has been crossed. The already fragile veneer of a stable democracy based on constitutional principles is in shreds. Political sanity as a political tendency has ceased to exist. Our democracy is in a shambles. Money first, people second.
The current administration is morally bankrupt, consequently it has led to the moral degradation of our entire society and expansion of the boundaries of kleptocracy and mismanagement. Values such as transparency, rule of law and accountability are being widely trampled. Autocratic politicians are openly trafficking in fear and paranoia. They erect a façade of democracy and subvert it from within. The tendency to concentrate power in the hands of faceless bureaucrats and in their inefficient opinions in one huge splurge of nepotism must be resisted.
There is political madness that is devouring the country; it is based on avarice, a kind of infectious greed, a deception that parades as genuine interest. The failure to appoint a commission of inquiry into state capture is scintillatingly amazing but unfortunately very depressing.
A democracy where the government is by the people, for the people and of the people, but is this visible or just an illusion? It was the great Mahatma Gandhi who once said, “Corruption and hypocrisy ought not be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today.” FAROUK ARAIE