Johann Rupert: Honesty in government under attack

Johann Rupert: Honesty in government under attack

2015-02-03 13:35

Cape Town - Freedom of speech, transparency and honesty in government and farmers - who put food on the table -  are under attack in South Africa, billionaire businessman Johann Rupert argued on Tuesday.

Speaking at a conference honouring former President FW de Klerk, Rupert said the private sector and civil society need to work with government in solving its economic problems.

"We seem to be veering towards the rest of the uncivilised world preferring rule by (a) strong man over the rule of law. You either have constitutionalism ... the rule of law ... or a (Russian President Vladimir) Putin-like situation (in South Africa)."

Rupert, in a rapid-fire analysis of the poor state of the country, said: "People are trying to run a private sector (in South Africa) when the public sector is not being run properly."

He said one of the roots of the problem was that the majority of people suffer from poor education. Apartheid has done its damage. "Look at the (poor) talent pool for the (ruling) ANC."

Like the old National Party which had drawn almost exclusively from the small pool of Afrikaans-speaking whites, the ANC has a small pool to run government, from municipal government through to the top national government.

"If they continue to think (they can) run a country as complex as this (one) without the help of the civil society and the private sector... then we are in trouble. We (business) have put out our hands in friendship, but there needs to be a bit more trust in one another."

Farmers in South Africa are "already beleagured". They suffer land insecurity, volatile prices and potential violence on their farms - yet this group competes with the world's subsidised agricultural community.

"I am a farmer. It is not for sissies, trust me. They (the farmers) get murdered. There is no security. They are prone to be violently attacked and murdered, land tenure is under threat. We have to compete against subsidised systems."

Instead of being under threat,  "We need the farming sector to be safe, happy and profitable."

"The farmers are willing to share," he said.

Discussions with government on an agricultural dispensation which would keep farmers and the governing party on board had appeared to have led to a solution, but the government went on another course.

While Rupert did not mention it, government is now seeking a cap on land holdings of 12 000 hectares for farmers. Rupert did say that one of the marks of a successful society is free and unlimited access to the ownership of land and protectionof private property.

READ: Cap land ownership - ANC

Rupert, head of the Rembrandt group, said the minister of agriculture should realise that he was in effect "the minister of food security".

South Africans needs to look at what happened in North Africa. The lack of food and bread on the table in Tunisia had led to "that wonderful revolution".

"You take the food off the table here... and we will have a proper revolution," Rupert warned.

He called for a national conversation to seek solutions to the problem.

Rupert said a number of the hallmarks of successful societies are either absent, or under attack in the country.

He asked rhetorically whether there is free transfer of property: "(The answer is) no. Ownership incentives for capital formation ... is declining. (Do we have a) strong and convertible currency... it is not the case."

Was there, he asked, protection of private property: "Sadly, no longer."

Was there freedom of speech, he asked: "It is totally under attack." Was there honesty and transparency in government actions, he asked: "Please... we don't have to debate that."

He argued that there is a need for a social compact. South Africa needs new leaders like FW de Klerk, the former president, who had decided that he would take an unpopular decision among his electorate - and end apartheid.

"What he did was right. We need more of that spirit ... people who are willing to speak out and be unpopular. You (FW) got the world's respect of the Afrikaner. (We) could look people in the eye again and I thank you FW."

On February 2 1990 FW de Klerk ended apartheid in his famous reform speech, unbanned the ANC, SACP and the PAC and ushered in a new democracy by 1994.

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  • Kay Gee Mengo - 2015-02-03 13:46

    Nooo Johann it's the ANC which is under attack from the so-called sanctimonious trolls. We all know the ANC is not 100% successful but show me any political party which is. You might as well have campaigned for the DA insteatd of hiding behind your criticism of the governing party.

      lacrimosewolf - 2015-02-03 13:59

      A Northern Cape provincial government delegation left for Las Vegas on Monday to attend a four-day hunting exhibition. No money for bursaries though

      John Evony - 2015-02-03 14:00

      LMAO, it's not even 10% successful!

      Revelgen - 2015-02-03 14:05

      KG - how can you STILL support a government that is clearly the worst that SA has ever had? Do you not agree that massive ANC corruption - seven hundred thousand million stolen so far - is not stealing from the poor? Truly, mate, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Unless you are one of the crooks benefiting from the ANC. In which case, your opinion is worthless.

      Theo Martinez - 2015-02-03 14:05

      KayGee. I dont listen to those rich kids in ivory towers like Rupert. BUT If you can't see that the ANC is on a very slippery slope then your head is in the sand: its economic policy clearly hasn't created the promised jobs nor growth; skills development remains critical; the destructive Eskom crisis could have been avoided if previous warnings from those in the known would have been taken onboard; corruption and mismanagement certainly hasn't been reduced (just looking at the neutral annual audits is enough); the power-politics have taken over the management of the nation : changing the Nkandla boundaries to avoid Nkandla stays in an IFP stronghold; the political rot that entered state institutions like SABC, NPA, SIA, SARS, SAA,...; paralyzed by the EFF electoral gains and thus wasting time on parliament dresscode to tackle them;... And all this is honestly a very neutral comment and look into today's situation.

      Mario Barnard - 2015-02-03 14:06

      Congratulations on being so ignorant; I expected nothing else.... how sad :(

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2015-02-03 14:11

      So scared, like a child, that's why you will always be third grade quality!

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2015-02-03 14:17

      @ Kay, who's opinions or advise would you trust? A legendary successful billionaire businessman? Or a stubborn government spewing threats and sowing division and run by a man who has proven himself to be a lying, stealing, raping, self-enriching, treacherous fiend with no honor? Wake up and smell the load shedding sweetheart.

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 22:37

      Actually it is something like R30bn that went missing.

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 22:43

      You cannot change what you do not acknowledge. KG, they are not even anywhere near 50%, let alone 100%. Most governments fail at one thing or another, but they do take the interest of the people into account, which is not what one could say for this government. Be honest, and do acknowledge it, even if its hard. It's constructive criticism. Find solutions, do not become defensive. It's counter-productive.

      Jannie Kotze - 2015-02-12 20:57

      wake up

      Frank Rita Vennard - 2015-08-24 10:57

      Honesty in Government isn`t under attack - it`s impossible to find.

  • George Michaelides - 2015-02-03 13:46

    Well said Mr Rupert. This government is with its Communist cronies is destroying this once vibrant and thriving country, we the people have had enough of this cANCer.

      Theo Martinez - 2015-02-03 14:08

      George, if you are not referring to the pre-1994 situation as a " vibrant thriving country" I can agree with you. If you do, you are really dishonest: SA pre 1994 was bankrupt, morally a parasite, not a democracy and cadre deployment was also rife. thats aid: without a doubt the ANC's economic policies have not resulted in growth nor job creation nor fiscal sanity.

      Akhenaten C.T. - 2015-02-03 14:51

      Theo, and our present government managed to steal R700bn from this bankrupt lot. Shows you, we have good thieves in the ANC. They can steal what does not exist.

      Rowan Torr - 2015-02-03 15:52

      The problem George is Patrice Motsepe and other who have created wealth are been abused by the ANC because they are not white businessmen.

  • Robert Barrie - 2015-02-03 13:47

    Johan Rupert a great intelligent South African that can help if the Zuma gang just take their role serious

      Moeg Geploeg - 2015-02-03 14:26

      We need more prominent business leaders to come forward and express their concern, espesially the likes of Patrisi Motsisi from Rainbow Minerals...(not to sure how to spell his name)

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 22:47

      But they would not. They would not have become overnight billionaires without this govt. Same as Rhamaphosa.

  • Nceba Mbane - 2015-02-03 13:48

    What I like is that unlike just recently when people were scared to speak truth, now more and more are standing up and telling truth to these thieving liars.

      Revelgen - 2015-02-03 14:25

      True, Nceba. Reuel Khoza (Nedbank) stood up as a Black man and told the truth about the ANC. So did Herman Mashaba (Black Like Me), and a number of other genuinely successful, prominent Black citizens. I look forward to the day when more and more White business leaders in SA like Johann Rupert also stand up and tell the truth about the ANC, without worrying about whether 'it will hurt my business.'

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 22:48

      Or politically correct...ugh!

  • Bayanda Ka-Khawuta Mbontsi - 2015-02-03 13:50

    yhe madoda!!! this what really happened here (the blacks were handed their freedom by FW de Klerk) or did the times dictate it, this one is a loooong short.

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2015-02-03 14:24

      @ Bayanda, loooong shorts are so 90's.

  • Trevor Erasmus - 2015-02-03 13:53

    How many % Kay Gee? Tell us how good they are .. oh wait we found out this week R700 billion rand was a conservative estimate my boy so don't kidd yourself.

  • Danie Jansen Van Vuuren - 2015-02-03 13:54

    I think we've all grasped the WHAT is wrong with our country, as well as the WHY. What I would love to hear people like Mr Rupert start debating is HOW we are going to fix it.

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 22:58

      Exactly my sentiment. Crime is top priority.

  • Danie Jansen Van Vuuren - 2015-02-03 13:54

    I think we've all grasped the WHAT is wrong with our country, as well as the WHY. What I would love to hear people like Mr Rupert start debating is HOW we are going to fix it.

      Rowan Torr - 2015-02-03 15:48

      Tolerance and a hard days work at municipal level. Honesty integrity in the people that serve the electorate. That's what is needed.

      Rowan Torr - 2015-02-03 15:48

      Tolerance and a hard days work at municipal level. Honesty integrity in the people that serve the electorate. That's what is needed.

  • Pinox Lamsey - 2015-02-03 13:57

    thus great ideal

  • MarkH - 2015-02-03 14:05

    Honesty in government went out the window when Zuma took R200+ million from us, built a kraal and then refused to discuss it. That was that as far as I'm concerned.

  • Mario Barnard - 2015-02-03 14:09

    He will probably be labelled another white racist for his comments...

  • amadeus.geldenhuys - 2015-02-03 14:12

    More and more voices are added to the choir and more are needed to get this government to understand that they are on an economic road that will lead to a disastrous failure. We need more voices from the captains of industry.

  • Zack Evans - 2015-02-03 14:13

    Well said mr Rupert. Couldn't agree with you more. They the ANC live in fear of a past regime that no longer exist and never again be reinstated. They are however power hungry and will not listen to reason. I agree that some sort of saviour needs to rise up and convince the masses about the truth of the current governing regime. It is not sustainable and we are heading towards anarchy if this persists.

  • Mzoxolo Mayoyo - 2015-02-03 14:21

    Wise words mr Ruppert

  • john.douglas.92798 - 2015-02-03 14:21

    We already knew what we were heading for with the example of our immediate northern neighbor Zimbabwe.... And over 20 years we have done zippo to stop this arrogant onslaught due to the whitey liberals that think we must give up everything for past wrongs. Maybe they have guilt I don't! Bunch of turds!

  • Mvuleni Motau - 2015-02-03 14:43

    It will be interesting to have Patrice Motshepe take on this topic business figures needs to come out and say something about the status sphere of our country not because Eskom is in shambles

  • William Lebotschy - 2015-02-03 14:43

    The sign of every primitive gov, is to steal from its citizens and to enrich its cronies. Russia, China, N.Korea, DRC , Zim and South Africa. The ANC is on a well known path.Eventually, it will have to stop revolution by the poor , who don't share, by police and militia actions.

  • thebertus - 2015-02-03 14:50

    Problem is, just like the Muslim world is mum on the atrocities committed in its name, so is the ANC followers mum on their party's hijacking by the Zuma Syndicate. Wise words from Mr Rupert, but don't think it will help cause he's on the wrong side of our history.

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 23:04

      If you don't know by now that all that propaganda is just that, propaganda and it needs no defending, you might have your answer.

  • Henk Venter - 2015-02-03 14:55

    Ok JOHAN RUPERT, kom ons begin by die begin. Is JY 'n "AFRIKAANS SPEAKING WhITE" of 'n ENGLISH SPEAKING WHITE? JY het weens jou pa se agtergrong en verbintenisse met die ou apartheids regering voordeel getrek. Derhalwe wil ek ERNSTIG kapsie maak teen JOU RASSISTIESE DISKRIMINERENDE stelling dat Afrikaans sprekende wit mense uit die apartheidsregering voordeel getrek het. Wie besit en het in die apartheidstyd de Beers diamante besit? Vir wie is die goud en diamant wette geskryf? Vir die wit Afrikaanssprekende? Kan ek jou daaraan herinner dat die BRITTE in SA kom oorlog maak het. NIE om die swartman te red van die wit Afrikaanssprekende man nie. NEE! Vir die DIAMANTE EN GOUD van hierdie land. Van Cecil John Rhodes reg deur tot by die Oppenheimers (Afrikaanssprekende witmans?) tot by die ANGLO (BRITTANJE) American (AMERIKA)!! en al die ander entiteite waaragter die BRITTE en gespuis soos jy weg gekruip het en steeds wegkruip!Pick Pay (Ackerman = ENGELS)JY wil nou die Afrikaanssprekende witman die skuld gee vir die armoede in die land. HOEKOM besteel jy dan die mense van die land met jou belaglike winste wat jy deur jou entiteite maak? Deur die belaglike pryse wat JY eis vir KOS en KLERE in die land?(Julle openlike "price fixing) Verklaar jou belange: Unilever,ARC Foods, TSB, RMBH en FirstRand, Mediclinic, waar jy doodgaan as jy nie kontant neersit nie. Waar jy R1700-00 betaal na ure NET om 'n dr te sien.Seacom, en so kan ons aanhou opnoem.

      Nikki Downes - 2015-02-03 18:40

      Tragic lost soul. He owes you and your extreme xenophobia nothing. Now, at this time, you think it's clever to divide people?

      Kelly O'Neill - 2015-02-03 21:29

      Henk ek staan saam met jou!

      Jane Mead - 2015-02-03 23:27

      Henk thank you. All this hypocrisy must be shown up for what it is. SA has been the world's scapegoat for far too long, meanwhile back at the ranch. Hang out all the dirty laundry of our borders and beyond. Sick of the pretentious sophisticated, local and foreign. A spade is a spade! Nobody was trying to 'save' anyone, other than their 'stolen' assets, so that they/west can be looked up to as 1st world with our resources and those of other countries. It's time we all became aware and stopped praising those sophisticated gangsters aka leeches.

  • Algin Abdool - 2015-02-03 15:08

    Well said sir. We need people like you as president to lead this country.

  • mark.hartley.1238 - 2015-02-03 15:08

    Honesty gets in the way of self enrichment!

  • RtySa Sa - 2015-02-03 15:12

    correction, Honesty-in-government was never there & will never be part of government, not this one at least. their secrecy protects them, their comrades ensure their existence in place of authority. they will go on to plunder, to rape, to murder and steal - and the government will do nothing, really, they will do nothing because they do not know HOW!!

  • Mark Crozier - 2015-02-03 15:44

    Johann is talking but I doubt anyone is listening. According to the bright sparks in govt he probably earned all his money thanks to Apartheid.

  • Zahir - 2015-02-03 15:53

    Rupert is a smart guy he must know that zuma is the head of the anc gang of thieves who only have one goal like any african leader to steal as much as possible in the least time they have they have no interest in anything

  • Derrick Hendrickse - 2015-02-04 07:39

    Dr Johann Rupert Is 100% Correct. All His comments are also applicable to his home Town of Stellenbosch ( Or Skelmbosch ) and how this Council is Run by the DA. I would like him to comment on how this local government is run. I remembered his support for the then Municipal Manager Dave Daniels who left the Municipality as he could not tolerate to work with DA major Conrad Sidego. What can he say about the competencies of the DA MAYCO the was again reshuffled this week without explanation. Please Dr Rupert help in your home town as we are being invaded with staff from outside town as not even your university can produce qualified candidates. Charity starts at home.

  • Russell James Taylor - 2015-02-04 09:36

    Although it makes sense what is said here,it will have little to no impact to the perception of the vast majority of citizens who work just to survive.It is indeed a grave period for SA.

  • Jane Mead - 2015-02-04 18:41

    Haha the latest news report; Parliament wants to cut the budget. No Gala dinner this year. Very funny. Down from R9m to R4m. How much do they eat. Wow, what a save.

  • Louis Du Plessis - 2015-02-04 18:50

    SA must devide up into the 4 countries it was before the British came. Then and only then the issue will be sorted out permanently.

  • frank.rademan - 2015-02-04 19:21

    Even if he is correct the government is not going to listen to anything people say.

  • frank.rademan - 2015-02-04 19:21

    Even if he is correct the government is not going to listen to anything people say.

  • frank.rademan - 2015-02-04 19:21

    Even if he is correct the government is not going to listen to anything people say.

  • Solar Rules - 2015-02-12 21:11

    Your big company could become a leader in renewable energy if you support green energy initiatives, your company could become , bigger than EFKOM if look how private companies have responded in the world of energy, WAKEUP

  • Charlie Freeman Masopoga Sethosa - 2015-02-12 23:00

    When Johann is speaking about honesty and tranparency I want to know why black South Africans were not compesated after suffering for many years under aphartheid? And did the aphartheid government handed all the state money when the ANC government took over in 1994? Our late President Madiba pleaded with white people to live in peace with black but I don't see it happening soon. The reason why there is no peace is that the majority of black people in this country own nothing while the visitors own and run South Africa.When we speak of honesty and transparency,I want to know what was the deal between National Party and the ANC then.The truth story is our Great GrandFathers were removed from their land by force.When you are suppose to give back the land you come with that same line story/theory that we came from Congo.Go and tell that to your children and not to African children ,because we were told by our GrandFathers that they've lived here and the prove is where they were buried.Even if you occupied the land that was unoccupied then you were wrong because you were visitors and the land was a reserve for our Grand Children and it is still our Land.It's A pity that most white people don't feel sorry for what has happened in the past and still they are teaching their children to hate other races.Until most South Africans get their Land back ther won't be Peace in SA.

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