Smooth-talk­ing Cyril ducks the Zuma is­sue

Sunday Times - - OPINION -

NO one could have ar­tic­u­lated the de­cay of ANC politi­cians more hon­estly and sharply than Bar­ney Mthom­bothi in “Politi­cians, in­clud­ing Ramaphosa, need to learn to apol­o­gise” (May 28).

Self-right­eous Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is al­ways gen­er­ous with plat­i­tudes and slo­gans when it comes to cam­paign­ing for votes.

For ex­am­ple, in his ad­dress at the African Re­nais­sance Con­fer­ence in Dur­ban last week, he spoke of Africans sow­ing “the seeds of Africa’s cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion” and root­ing “out the evils of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity”.

The mac­a­ron­ics flowed freely while he con­tin­ued to sup­port his party, the ANC, and failed to crit­i­cise Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma suf­fi­ciently for his delin­quency.

The weekend ex­posé, “Here’s proof, Mr Pres­i­dent”, may, in time, gen­er­ate charges of trea­son against those in­volved, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent.

Where will this end? In an im­plo­sion of our demo­cratic coun­try, or with an­other govern­ment that will try to pull South Africa out of its down­ward spi­ral? — Nathan Cheiman, North­cliff

Rad­i­cal eco­nomic junk

FOR 23 years we have been wait­ing for the good life that the ANC cronies have en­joyed thanks to nepo­tism and the cor­rupt award­ing of con­tracts.

Now even Ramaphosa sup­ports this dumb “rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion” — a term I sus­pect was thought up by the Gup­tas.

And how do you change the econ­omy “rad­i­cally” when there is no econ­omy to change?

In my lay­man’s un­der­stand­ing, the econ­omy is junk, lost in the junk bin.

How do you change that? — Lindi Zantsi, Worces­ter

Run­ning out of al­pha­bet

I WAS won­der­ing: if Gen­er­a­tion Z ap­plies to those born from 1996 to 2014, what do you call the gen­er­a­tion born from 2015 to 2033? — Fritz Hae­berli, Stel­len­bosch

Sys­tem is se­ri­ously flawed

JAN-JAN Joubert’s ar­ti­cle “Be care­ful what you wish for on a se­cret bal­lot” (May 28) on ve­nal politi­cians who could be bought in se­cret vot­ing un­der­lines a se­ri­ous flaw in the pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion sys­tem.

Mem­bers of par­lia­ment or pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures who are ap­pointed by their party ac­cord­ing to seats avail­able to that party have no re­spon­si­bil­ity to their con­stituents. They owe loy­alty only to their party.

And if their party starts ques­tion­able prac­tices, they will have difficulty fol­low­ing their con­sciences.

Un­der this sys­tem a se­cret bal­lot en­ables “dis­loy­alty” to the party, both by un­der­hand gain for fi­nan­cial ad­van­tage as well as the abil­ity to fol­low one’s con­science.

In a con­stituency-based sys­tem there is no need for a se­cret bal­lot. — Ted Fisher, Lone­hill

Look­ing for some light re­lief

CAN we please add more comic strips in the news­pa­per?

Dil­bert is too work-re­lated and does not al­ways ap­pear in the paper.

We need comics that take the pres­sure off hav­ing to read doom and gloom. — Min­nesh Ra­j­coomar, Sandown

Land re­form can lift mil­lions

I’M op­posed to ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion be­cause it is ru­inous and coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

Hav­ing said that, I would like to see the govern­ment mov­ing swiftly in re­dress­ing past in­jus­tices con­cern­ing land.

Ad­mit­tedly, Zim­babwe’s chaotic land-re­form pro­gramme ben­e­fited the up­per ech­e­lons of Zanu-PF more than the man in the street, but its rip­ple ef­fect, how­ever mild, lifted mil­lions of peo­ple from the dol­drums of poverty. — Costa, Mamelodi

Byleveld was a true hero

THANKS for a well-writ­ten ar­ti­cle by Chris Bar­ron on Piet Byleveld, “The pa­thetic, scrawny runt who brought down mon­sters” (May 28).

What a true hero. — Ayanda Nota, Cape Town

The ANC is the real prob­lem

THE furore is about get­ting rid of Zuma — but our prob­lems are far deeper than one man. We have, in fact, got to get rid of the ANC.

This once-proud or­gan­i­sa­tion has been re­duced to moral bank­ruptcy, un­suit­able to carry us for­ward.

How much more will the ANC cost us?

There is only one way to sort out a whole lot of our prob­lems and that is to vote them all out. — John Har­wood, Som­er­set West

Sorry for your losses

AF­TER 96 years the Stu­dents’ hunt for the elu­sive Absa Premier­ship ac­co­lade has been achieved.

While the moun­tain of Molo­tov falls short, Steve Kom­phela keeps lick­ing his salty wounds.

The re­cur­rence of Mr Comi­tis in the Cape res­ur­rects mem­o­ries of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 ar­riv­ing in the city of good hope.

For Or­lando Pi­rates, the num­ber six brings no mu­sic to their ears.

When sounds of in­tense si­lence en­tered Mamelodi, Pitso was jig­gling his head lis­ten­ing to the song of the late Sfiso, Ku­lungile Baba.

While res­i­dents of Chloorkop scratch their heads, Baroka FC lives to­day to fight to­mor­row.

My stom­ach growled sounds of hunger when a 2-2 draw sunk the High­landers of Tem­bisa.

Con­do­lences to their premier­ship sta­tus. I am thank­ful for all 480 PSL games. — Thapelo Molefe, Soweto

They be­lieve in Buthelezi

IF there is one thing that the peo­ple of Nquthu have done — which is still echo­ing in the po­lit­i­cal hills and val­leys of the South African land­scape — it was vot­ing with their con­science, as re­ported in “ANC fire power falls flat in Nquthu as IFP en­joys re­vival” (May 28).

In broad day­light, these vot­ers told other po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­test­ing the elec­tion that they be­lieve in the lead­er­ship of Inkosi Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, come rain, come light­ning, come sun­shine! —Mamorena Mokoena, Thokoza

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