Re­ally, it’s time for ANC to de­liver

Financial Mail - - YOU SAID... - Ted O’con­nor Al­bert­skroon

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.

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