Thursday, April 4, 2013

"The ANC has run out of excuses" – Trevor Manuel

Trevor Manuel
Planning Minister Trevor Manuel at the 2013 Government Leadership Summit in Pretoria on Wednesday. Picture: GCIS - Sourced from BDLive

Despite Trevor Manuel’s past radical political activities he was (and still is) considered by many, even by those who don’t support the ANC, as one of South Africa’s most competent Ministers, particularly during the time when he served as Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2009.

In 2004, when the Democratic Alliance (DA) conducted a review of Ministers in its position as main opposition to the ANC, Manuel emerged as the top performer with a score of 8/10. Among several other awards and recognition for his accomplishments, he was also awarded the Africa Finance Minister of the Year in 2007.

He has eight honorary doctorates credited to his name. Seven are from South African institutions – the eighth honorary doctorate was awarded in June 2012 by McMaster University in Canada.

Trevor Manuel to receive 8th Honorary Doctorate

Manuel has been the Minister of the National Planning Commission (NPC), since 11 May 2009. It is a relatively new initiative – responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategic plan for South Africa. In other words - another useless State invention guaranteed to waste the taxpayers’ money – another scheme to line the pockets of fat-cat politicians under the guise of ‘research” and ‘recommendations’ for government. I mean really… how many more think-tanks and so-called research foundations do we need in this country? Do the ANC actually listen to any of them?

During the past year or more the ANC has had quite a mouthful to say about this so-called long-term vision of theirs. At their national conference held at Manguang during December 2012, they once again, for the umpteenth time, announced in unambiguous terms that South Africa’s failures were due to apartheid and colonialism.

Responding to the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment (all caused by apartheid), the ANC proclaimed: “We are boldly entering the second phase of the transition from apartheid colonialism to a national democratic society.” So in other words, the ANC have, through their own admission, failed to build a peaceful national democratic society -- over a period of almost two decades, and they have the bloody nerve to blame apartheid for it!

All this escalating violence and chaos we see going on in South Africa today comes from apartheid, according to the President himself: Violence comes from apartheid – Zuma

During the first phase (the past two decades) the ANC not only blamed apartheid for just about everything that went wrong in the country – they also embarked on a full-scale campaign to repeat and multiply all the old lies and smears about South Africa’s apartheid past. As a consequence - people who were not even born in the year 1994 have been brainwashed with this propaganda. It is no wonder that the youth (and young adults) are in the forefront of service delivery protests and much of the other revolutionary turmoil happening in other places such as schools and universities.

Yet every year the ANC fuels the flames of racial hatred by commemorating the Soweto uprising of 1976 (Youth Day). And THIS is how they intend building a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society!

“This phase (the 2nd one) will be characterised by decisive action to effect economic transformation and democratic consolidation, critical both to improve the quality of life of all South Africans and to promote nation-building and social cohesion. Consequently, in pursuance of these objectives, we embraced Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan as a platform for united action by all South Africans to eradicate poverty, create full employment and reduce inequality as critical building blocks towards a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society… blah, blah, blah… We hereby declare the next ten years as the Decade of the Cadre… blah, blah blah.” - ANC - 53rd National Conference (Dec. 2012)

Speaking at the 2013 Government Leadership Summit in Pretoria on Wednesday, Mr Manuel said:
"Through laxity like this, we fail our people, repeatedly. Nineteen years into democracy, our government has run out of excuses. We cannot continue to blame apartheid for our failings as a state. We cannot plead ignorance or inexperience. For almost two decades, the public has been patient in the face of mediocre services. The time for change, for a ruthless focus on implementation has come.” Click here for the full speech.

Now, my question is this…
Will the ANC take any notice of the words spoken by one of their most respected most competent Ministers? Or are they going to retaliate with a flurry of arrogant disdain as they usually do when the truth hurts?

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eduard aucamp said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

With his comments on the ANC he is going to get kicked out and then he joins the DA.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Well, there you have it! -- Zuma hits out at Manuel (City Press)

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