Really, it’s time for ANC to deliver
Sikonathi Mantshantsha’s column “Helping Thieves Fly High” (Between the Chains April 26-May 2) exposes the absolute incompetence and corruption that has sullied the name of our national carrier and left it insolvent.
Even its trademark no longer has value and its Mayday signal is getting louder by the day.
Yet the airline, with other state-owned enterprises, is haemorrhaging good money — with no end in sight. It is reprieved year after year, whereas the money could so easily have reduced the housing backlog, improved the education system, provided better health treatment and given a boost to the economy, increasing employment. But Jacob
Zuma and his self-serving acolytes had no such agenda in sight — lining their pockets was the only call they served.
It is a sad reflection on the ruling party’s betrayal of the promise of a better life for all. Despite the hope president Cyril Ramaphosa’s election heralded, his enemies inside the ANC are making his mandate near impossible. In the 24 years of ANC governments we have witnessed the failure of many longestablished industries including steel, textiles and footwear, mainly because they weren’t protected but also coupled with stringent labour laws and a poorly motivated workforce.
To save SA there must be a radical turnaround such as curtailing the power of unions, directing our resources for the benefit of the economy and delivering service to uplift the poor, scrapping BEE and giving opportunities to those who believed freedom would deliver on its promise.