Vam­pires of state cap­ture

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

PRES­I­DENT Zuma will go down in his­tory as the Hou­dini of the 21st cen­tury – Africa’s quin­tes­sen­tial es­cape artist who pro­pelled cun­ning­ness into a new di­men­sion.

South Africa to­day wades through un­charted stormy wa­ters. We are tightly trapped in a po­lit­i­cal cul-de-sac. We are sur­rounded by po­lit­i­cal ar­ro­gance, the glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of ram­pant cor­rup­tion, syco­phancy and other man­i­fes­ta­tions of po­lit­i­cal de­cay.

Po­lit­i­cal stew­ard­ship is sadly lack­ing. These ar­ro­gant elites be­lieve that no mat­ter what poli­cies they en­act, there would be no dis­as­trous con­se­quences. Unchecked ex­ec­u­tive power, it seems, does a lot more than cor­rupt; it also coarsens and stul­ti­fies.

Our democ­racy to­day boils down to a se­ries of pre­ci­sion at­tacks on con­sti­tu­tional rights and a brazen eva­sion of au­thor­ity. Our cur­rent crop of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers rail against any in­sti­tu­tion, set of val­ues and so­cial re­la­tions that em­brace the com­mon good or ex­hibit em­pa­thy for the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers.

The vam­pires of state cap­ture reach be­yond the tra­jec­to­ries of na­tional pol­i­tics, ex­er­cis­ing in­flu­ence that has no al­le­giance and dis­play­ing truly dis­turb­ing ar­ro­gance.

They feel no re­morse for pro­vok­ing a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, while jus­ti­fy­ing a bloated, mon­ey­ob­sessed cul­ture of greed and bla­tant theft that has caused enor­mous pain for our frag­ile rain­bow democ­racy. It is com­mon to cas­ti­gate the op­po­si­tion and de­fend the in­de­fen­si­ble.

The po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship has reached it’s max­i­mum ruth­less­ness.

We are cur­rently wit­ness­ing the power of tyran­ni­cal elites who pro­tect their power at all costs and block change. Benoni

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