Cyril needs some of He­len’s back­bone

Financial Mail - - YOU SAID... - Paul Mcnaughton Stel­len­bosch

He­len Zille was quite cor­rect in point­ing out that many racist laws have been en­acted by the ANC (Fea­tures, July 2-8). Mak­ing ac­cess to the Covid-19 funds exclusive to BEE com­pa­nies is a sick­en­ing ex­am­ple.

It was per­haps in­sen­si­tive on her part to men­tion apartheid, but worse still to re­main silent be­cause all racist laws are wrong. The last thing you can call Zille is spine­less.

It’s note­wor­thy that a num­ber of your colum­nists have re­ferred to Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa in th­ese terms be­cause of his in­abil­ity to take the hard de­ci­sions SA re­quires.

He does not come out in sup­port of his fi­nance min­is­ter and in­stead is led by some un­fit and in­com­pe­tent min­is­ters in his cabi­net. The out­come is pre­dicted to be an In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund bailout and clas­si­fi­ca­tion as a failed state by 2023.

To avoid this, we des­per­ately need strong lead­er­ship now. As Martin Luther King said: judge men not “by the colour of their skin, but by the con­tent of their char­ac­ter”.

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