Malema, don’t blame In­di­ans

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Muham­mad Omar

I WAS much im­pressed at the progress the EFF has made since its exit from the cor­rup­tion and fac­tion driven ANC led by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s dither­ing and Gupta aligned friends that made the rul­ing party un­ac­cept­able to many vot­ers – so much so that key met­ros were lost to op­po­si­tion al­liances.

The fact that the EFF has an MP who is of In­dian de­scent clearly shows the party is not anti-In­dian as such.

Sadly, with In­di­ans, EFF com­man­der-in-chief Julius Malema seems to be mis­in­formed and it seems he has made a sim­i­lar blun­der as he did once dur­ing a visit to a set­tle­ment near Le­na­sia.

Per­son­ally I would have used the well or­gan­ised (4th) birth­day bash (on Satur­day in Dur­ban) to de­liver a stronger mes­sage to South Africa.

As for busi­nesses in KwaZu­luNatal, by and large suc­cess­ful busi­nesses have taken many years, in a very tough op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

To have suc­ceeded in KwaZulu-Natal you had and have to be nim­ble, take big­ger risks and deal with more chal­lenges.

Is­sues faced are com­pe­ti­tion, mar­gins, dis­tances to key mar­kets, bureaucracy, cap­i­tal, crime (both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal) and a much smaller base and pool of cus­tomers.

As for In­di­ans ex­ploit­ing work­ers, walk into the of­fices of the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Ar­bi­tra­tion, De­part­ment of Labour and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies and find out why th­ese of­fi­cials have not taken ac­tion nor have any em­ploy­ees com­plained.

Name and shame such trans­gres­sors and we all will ap­plaud your ef­forts.

In this very few In­di­ans are re­ally run­ning shops as such and most are unionised or un­der labour reg­u­la­tions.

As a per­cent­age of In­dian de­scen­dants this is a tiny shrink­ing num­ber.

As for cor­ruptly is­sued ten­ders, this is leg­endary and the names are all too ob­vi­ous.

Most if not all th­ese ten­ders were awarded or cre­ated dur­ing the time you and your party so de­fi­antly de­fended and sup­ported Zuma.

Don’t blame In­di­ans when you were per­son­ally one of Zuma’s best sup­port­ers.

In fact you and your party re­ally helped th­ese par­a­sites get the ten­ders.

Also find out who the of­fi­cials on the “take” are.

See what race those of­fi­cials on the “take” are.

In fact cor­rup­tion is so rife that if you speak to any long dis­tance truck driver or taxi op­er­a­tor and ask him what the go­ing rate for bribes is, they’ll say any­thing from R20 to R50. Now don’t sit and blame In­di­ans when your black broth­ers and sis­ters are on the “take”.

Why did you so ve­he­mently de­fend Zuma when Sch­abir Shaik was con­victed and the ap­peal up­held on the 783 charges of cor­rup­tion?

For ev­ery giver there is a taker. I em­pha­sise again, the EFF has changed the po­lit­i­cal land­scape and let’s hope this will grow into a big­ger party to even­tu­ally be ready to gov­ern South Africa.

To cate­gor­i­cally state all In­di­ans ex­ploit and all In­di­ans are in­volved in cor­rupt ten­ders is un­fair and not ex­pected of a na­tional leader.

The EFF should name and shame all those in­volved. Well done on your four years.

Why did you de­fend Zuma when Shaik was con­victed?

Dur­ban North

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