Gigaba must fix the mess he helped make
The ANC is talking about implementing its radical economic transformation policy.
And the party is arguing, rightly so, that black people, who are in the majority, do not own the means of production and remain poor.
But the ANC and its government are prepared to go to the white monopoly capital that it is currently fighting to beg for a loan at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in exchange for our sovereignty.
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s medium-term budget policy statement said it all last week. The money is gone and he is part of the reason why government has run out of money.
His statement offered no solutions that can help government implement the so-called radical economic transformation policy.
Gigaba is the same man who enabled the theft of the public monies by appointing one Gupta supporter after the other to key positions at some, if not all, stateowned enterprises (SOEs).
This happened at the time he was public enterprise minister.
It is rich for Gigaba to lecture us about good governance when he enabled theft at SOEs such as Transnet, Eskom and every other SOE the Guptas could lay their hands on.
It is one thing to tell us what we already know, your job is to fix the mess.
You could not tell us how we ended up in this hole.
But how will you fix the mess when we can’t even trust you?
Yes, you can announce how you will clean up, but until you tell the nation about the orders you took from Saxonwold, no one will take you seriously.
Minister, you are young, and if your presidential ambitions are to be believed this is another opportunity for you to show us what you are made of.
So, instead of trying to prepare us for your journey to the World Bank and IMF to beg for handouts, be your own man, stand up against President Jacob Zuma, his family and the Guptas.
Yesterday, the Sunday Times published a disturbing, or rather disgusting details, of how crooks are close to Zuma and how the president was on the payroll of a security company.
All this happened while the nation was also paying him to be the number one citizen. Where is the president’s pride? That is why Zuma and his friends should be given their marching orders.
Minister, you have to save the country and do not give money to state capture projects like nuclear procurement.
There is still time.
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