Monday, January 28, 2008
South-African news yesterday reported that John Minto an Australian writer and active supporter of the South-African freedom movement, has refused to accept nomination for the Companion of the OR Thambo award (the award is the highest acclaim South-Africa can bestow on a foreigner).
In an open letter to the president he stated “When we protested and marched into police batons and barbed wire here in the struggle against apartheid, we were not fighting for a small black elite to become millionaires”
Yesterday our president got up and publicly stated that our current power crisis is the “unintended consequence of our growing economy”
While I don’t doubt for a moment that Minto will be tar and feathered for racism, I believe that his general idée and outlook on our countries state of government is right on the money.
Mbeki is wrong… the power crisis is not an unintended consequence of a growing economy but rather the consequence of government officials lining their pockets with tax payers money instead of pumping it into infrastructure that a growing economy needs.
The economy didn’t start growing two weeks ago Ladies and Gentlemen.
In conclusion I would like to say that after the fall of apartheid the poor are poorer and I seriously doubt that having the most democratic constitution in the world helps them sleep better.
The struggle is only over for the leaders of the freedom fight…
They have left those they claimed to be fighting for, at the mercy of their greed.
In the end democracy was a battle won while the war still rages.