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Corruption is robbing our kids of a future

Sep 11 2016 06:04
Muzi Kuzwayo, City Press

What we call “white monopoly capital” has long taken flight.

Let’s get this clear: business can afford to pay the brightest schemers to find ways to achieve their goals.

The shackles that the government is building just stifle black businesses that are still trying to grow.

Those who participate in the looting of state assets need to know that is not a repossession of our forefather’s assets from our white colonial masters and apartheid oppressors, as it were, but a dispossession of our people, as well as that of our future generations.

Parastatals have big procurement budgets, but instead of using them as a foundation to start local industries, many officials think it’s better to buy finished goods from overseas. An opportunity that could be used to employ many people is lost for the benefit of a few.

It is not surprising that the Guptas are trying to leave the country with their loot.

They are unaffected by a poor African child who needs an education.

There is no doubt that if corruption were curbed, we could afford to educate every child in the nation.

Anyway, the Guptas are not known for their charitable work.

National thinking has been static and is not suitable for the dynamic world in which we now live, where problems mutate faster than the solutions that are thrown at them.

The factionalism and instability that is tearing our nation apart is an unnecessary distraction that does very little to improve the lives of our people.

The energy of anger that flows from the general discontent against the governing party would serve us better if it could be harnessed for the betterment of our youth.

There has been too much strife within the nation.

The divisions have been heightened. When the blight of xenophobia afflicted this country, very few stood up to stop it.

Many preferred meaningless activities and posed for the cameras.

It was a time to bask under the heat of flashing lights rather than a true problem-solving effort.

Xenophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination are a sign that there is a lot wrong within our society, and if these wrongs are not contained and eliminated, they spread.

They quickly become polarising and cloud all thinking.

Mistrust increases and comrades end up turning on each other as they fight for the resources that are forever drying up.

The current standoff between various camps in political leadership can only result in losers and winners.

There are those who want to see victory or total surrender of the other side.

There are those who’d like to see President Jacob Zuma in handcuffs in the back of a police van as he’s sent off to serve the rest of his days in prison.

Knowing money and its discontents, there is very little doubt that the president has loyalists in his corner.

It is not unreasonable to think that he would prefer the grave to prison.

He is like a man condemned to death, but with the switch to a nuclear bomb in his hand.

He will not go down alone. He will go down with the nascent black economy. He will go down with jobs and the future of our children.

In our calendar, we have what is called the Day of Reconciliation.

Perhaps we need to ponder its meaning, and do what President Vladimir Putin of Russia did for the late president Boris Yeltsin, and what former president Richard Nixon did for the US – leave office now, take all the perks that go with retirement, and all will be forgiven.

If forgiving one person prevents a bloodbath on the streets and in the markets, then it is worth doing.

Kuzwayo is the founder of Ignitive, an advertising agency

guptas  |  violent protests  |  corruption  |  parastatals
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