ANC split bet­ter for SA

Daily Dispatch - - Opinion -

PEO­PLE need jobs first, not hous­ing. If you give an un­em­ployed per­son an RDP house with­out a job, s/he will sell the house for R20,000 (with no trans­fer of ti­tle of course) to peo­ple who al­ready have houses.

S/he will buy food with the money and build an­other shack and go back onto the wait­ing list (us­ing the name of an­other fam­ily mem­ber) for an­other RDP house. This cy­cle is re­peated, never solv­ing the un­der­ly­ing prob­lem of poverty.

First pro­vide jobs, then hous­ing. Once s/he has a job, then s/he will keep the house.

And I mean real, sus­tain­able, tax­pay­ing, pri­vate-sec­tor jobs, not gov­ern­ment or EPWP jobs, which are paid from taxes.

Ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment and prices means more peo­ple will sell their RDP homes to sur­vive. More poverty and ur­ban­i­sa­tion means more land in­va­sions and street protests.

As a di­vided half-com­mu­nist, half-cap­i­tal­ist party, I can’t see how the ANC will cre­ate an eco­nomic cli­mate for job cre­ation – the two fac­tions are pulling in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

It will be bet­ter if the ANC splits down the mid­dle and cre­ates two par­ties, ANC-cap­i­tal­ist and ANC-com­mu­nist.

ANC-cap­i­tal can then form an al­liance with the DA, COPE, and ACDP and ANC-com­mu­nist with the EFF.

This re­align­ment will be a huge boon for South Africa in that it will give clear choices to the vot­ers.

We will not have the un­work­able DA-COPE-ACDP al­liance in the met­ros with the EFF and the un­work­able fac­tional pol­i­tics within the ANC. This sys­tem leads to grid­lock and is not con­ducive to democ­racy. Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, can you please en­gi­neer this? You will leave a last­ing legacy.

– Naushad Omar, via e-mail

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