Tax­pay­ers’ plight

Cape Times - - OPINION -

EV­ERY news­pa­per I hap­pen to pick up nowa­days gives the same dis­mal plight our coun­try has sunk into, and once again a Sun­day news­pa­per piles more mis­ery on the tax­pay­ing pub­lic.

“State bailout for San­ral, SAA and SABC” (R57bn) “State at­tor­neys R80bn scam”. The mind bog­gles at th­ese astro­nom­i­cal fig­ures which now seem to be the norm in our fail­ing econ­omy (which is the gov­ern­ment). Surely th­ese SOEs must go through an au­dit­ing process and it must be asked: who is do­ing the au­dit­ing and what an­swers are they ar­riv­ing at as to what is the cause of the fail­ure of th­ese en­ti­ties?

I must ad­mit here that it does not take a rocket sci­en­tist to find the rea­son for the mas­sive short­falls and the ne­ces­sity for SOEs to con­tin­u­ously be bailed out. I feel, as the old adage goes, it is a case of throw­ing good money af­ter bad, or in this case throw­ing good money into cor­rupt of­fi­cials’ pock­ets.

How much longer can the small per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion that com­prise the tax­pay­ing pub­lic con­tinue to foot the bill for the con­tin­ued cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment that car­ries on un­fet­tered?

The bot­tom line, I feel is, what is the gov­ern­ment do­ing to root out cor­rup­tion and put the cor­rect peo­ple in po­si­tions to en­sure that SOEs are con­trolled and run as they should be – prop­erly? Brian Pittman Fish Hoek

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