Sharing the burden and blame of South Africa’s Corruption

Corruption in South Africa is unique in that the majority of citizens do not pay taxes beyond the VAT they are occasionally charged as end consumers. Outside of this tax, the burden of tax is as unequal as the spread of wealth. Abstractly, I agree with this principal – those who have the most in society and therefore gain the most by society’s stability should bear the greatest burden – however, there is a risk in a democracy such as ours, that with the burden of the purse not being borne by even remotely a majority of the citizens (I think you’ll find the DA’s % of the vote tallies quite neatly to the majority of tax payers… hrm… something to ponder), the majority of the citizens will not PUNISH the party in Government (often misunderstood as the government: just the way they like it…) for thieving from the public purse because the link has never been made that the money was theirs (the people’s) in the first place.

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The Living Wage and South Africa

Name the most powerful opposition politician? Who makes the government fear for its continuity? Helen Zille? Please… Terror Lekota? Give me a break… If there is one citizen who the government and the ruling party should rightly fear it is Vavi. How does the Alliance hold when there are clearly factions which are deeply at odds with one another when it comes to the vision for the future of the country? Clearly history has something to do with it, also the myth that it is so ‘cold’ outside of the Alliance.

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After the ANC Defeats Media Freedom, Then What?

There is a very real, and terrifying possibility that should the bill and the proposed tribunals become law, and the opposition fails in its Section 80 referral of the law to the Constitutional Court (or indeed, even if that is successful), and a test case is sent to the ConCourt instead that the highest court on matters constitutional may in fact rule in favour of the ANC. Just ponder that one for a moment…

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