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Let’s face facts, Cyril’s stim­u­lus plan is all about garner­ing votes

- South Africa News · African Politics · Politics · Cyril Ramaphosa · African National Congress · South Africa Politics

The ar­ti­cle “It’s jobs, not polls, says Cyril” (Septem­ber 23) refers. Se­ri­ously? Noth­ing matters more to the ANC than votes next year and at every other elec­tion.

With the me­dia it is al­ways Ramaphosa will do this and that. But when will it con­cede that Ramaphosa is just the ANC’s im­ple­menter-in-chief?

Every as­pect of the stim­u­lus plan is aimed at black up­lift­ment — not eco­nomic re­cov­ery. Then we have a Chi­nese loan of bil­lions of rands that we will never be able to re­pay. And not leav­ing out the an­tic­i­pated un­der­col­lec­tion of rev­enues by the South African Rev­enue Ser­vice (Sars).

SA is in dire straits. It has less in­come than it spends, yet it wants to spend more and bor­row more. Things we sim­ply can­not af­ford.

They could start by re­duc­ing the bloated gov­ern­ment salary bill and plough­ing money into black hous­ing, health care and ed­u­ca­tion. The lat­ter two are the foun­da­tion of every suc­cess­ful coun­try.

Ian Bar­ton, on Busi­nesslive

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