A dry, white season
● The state capture and wholesale looting done with strutting impunity by Zuma and his acolytes have induced national despair. Amid the gloom, futility and muted anger, we must not drop the ball when it comes to other imminent threats to the nation, none more so than water scarcity, especially in the Western Cape.
This was brought home while I was listening to a TV interview with water expert Anthony Turton. What struck me was not just the very feasible solutions he advanced, but his great humility and his avoidance of playing the blame game with the Ministry of Water Affairs.
The response from Sputnik Ratau was verbose and inconclusive. We need action, not just words about how well his department is informed of the problem.
Turton estimated his solution would cost in the region of R35-million. He believes it would not be difficult to find the money. Of course not. Look at the vast sums already looted, not to mention the R30-million payout mooted for the Sandton shebeener’s retirement. Let’s get to that money before looters like him do.
Turton’s earnestness was similar to that of another expert of conscience, Martin Creamer. With Jacques Pauw and others, these men of action love their country and they’re all white – something we need to remind ourselves of when with the looming election we are in danger of being drowned in a welter of racist populism.
This, however, is not to excuse latent and residual racism among the nation’s privileged sector, more particularly those racist whites who have benefited and continue to benefit from apartheid’s entrenched endowments. — Ronnie Govender