Financial Mail - - YOU SAID... - Nhlanhla Ngubane Kear­ney Dono­van Botha Buisang Gary de Sousa Paul Netta Perry Diseko

Labour min­is­ter Thu­las Nx­esi is now try­ing to blame em­ploy­ers for the un­con­scionable de­lays in tem­po­rary em­ployee re­lief scheme pay­ments meant to cush­ion the im­pact of Covid-19.

He’s the one who built the “fire­pool”, so what do you ex­pect?

I’m still not sure how the pres­i­dent en­trusted such a task to some­one who is hos­tile to any­thing not con­trolled by the state. The man lives in the Cold War era; he still views the pri­vate sec­tor as an en­emy of the peo­ple.

He knows where the bod­ies are buried — [like] who took Gupta money … He is un­fire­able, even in a pool.

The gov­ern­ment’s long-stand­ing fail­ure to reg­u­late the taxi busi­ness has come home to roost.

Eas­ier to ar­rest a lone surfer, po­lice min­is­ter Bheki Cele?

This is where the rise in in­fec­tions will oc­cur. It’s very con­cern­ing that the gov­ern­ment can pump bil­lions into waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture, but ignore the very peo­ple who pro­vide the most es­sen­tial ser­vice. It’s mind-bog­gling.

So we must pay ex­tra only to get Covid and kill our fam­i­lies?

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