Prom­ises and plat­i­tudes

Business Day - - OPINION -

The ANC’s elec­tion man­i­festo, un­der Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, prom­ises to cre­ate 275,000 jobs ev­ery year and to raise R1.2-tril­lion in new in­vest­ments over the next four years.

The wreck­ing ball, Ja­cob Zuma, was the crowd favourite at the party’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Dur­ban last Tues­day, even after Ramaphosa spoke. There is still dis­unity in the party and peo­ple sus­pected of wrong­do­ing, like sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule, still have not been pros­e­cuted. DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the ANC “is the same bus, dif­fer­ent driver”. He may be cor­rect.

Plat­i­tudes flour­ish un­der the ANC. The man­i­festo also said: “We will en­sure that we not only cre­ate new jobs, but work hard to pro­tect ex­ist­ing jobs.” Nat­u­rally, the prom­ises and plat­i­tudes are short on de­tail.

The ANC has, for ex­am­ple, also promised to cre­ate an in­fra­struc­ture fund “to fi­nance key eco­nomic projects”, but again has not ex­plained from where the money will come. Ramaphosa told busi­ness lead­ers that the gov­ern­ment needed them to play a mean­ing­ful role in cre­at­ing jobs. Seem­ingly, and not­with­stand­ing the cor­rup­tion and theft by ANC politi­cians and of­fi­cials, the pres­i­dent must in­gen­u­ously be­lieve that com­merce in SA will help the ANC out of the morass it cre­ated dur­ing the Zuma pres­i­dency.

Most gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties lie in tat­ters and this is recog­nised by in­vestors.

For the pres­i­dent to suc­ceed, the ANC must get its house in or­der. Mis­cre­ants must be charged and those guilty of per­jury must face jus­tice.

There is also the Life Esidi­meni tragedy and Vrede dairy farm felonies that have to be dealt with. Ramaphosa can­not al­low his gov­ern­ment to sweep these mis­deeds un­der the car­pet and ex­pect law-abid­ing tax­pay­ers to bail out the gov­ern­ment.

Given that Zuma still has so many sup­port­ers in the ANC, it is easy to un­der­stand how vot­ers be­lieve the garbage and plat­i­tudes spo­ken by politi­cians.

Nathan Cheiman North­cliff

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