2007-10-13 : Are those killed by crime seen as dispensible?

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2007-10-13 : Are those killed by crime seen as dispensible?

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2007-10-26 10:17

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Are those killed by crime seen by Mbeki as dispensable?
Published:Oct 13, 2007

Out to Lunch - David Bullard

Earlier this year, a few weeks before I was shot, I wrote in
this column that the ANC had ``effectively become the largest
organised crime syndicate in the country".

At the time of my shooting I dismissed suggestions that it could
have had anything to do with the content of this column over the
years. Now I am not so sure.

Thabo Mbeki´s complex web of evil is gradually being exposed by
a fearless media, and I now believe anything is possible.
Reading respected commentators such as Xolela Mangcu in The
Weekender, I cannot avoid the conclusion that if we don´t do
something soon, South Africa will self-destruct and go the way
of other basket cases.

In the past I have flippantly accused the government of state-
sponsored anarchy, but suddenly things are beginning to make
sense. Our violent crime figures make us one of the most
dangerous places to live in the world, including countries at
war. The mere act of daily survival distracts us from the
monstrous scale of theft and incompetence that has occurred
under Mbeki´s presidency.

It helps explain his affection for Mad Bob Mugabe, and it maybe
even gives some credence to a conspiracy theory currently doing
the rounds: that the ludicrous level of violent crime is of no
real concern to the government because the people dying are
regarded as dispensable. A few weeks ago I would have snorted
with cynical derision at this. Now I find it believable.

Mangcu wrote last week that "I have never been as depressed by
this country´s politics as I am this point. Not even under
apartheid was I ever this depressed."

That´s quite a statement, particularly for one who suffered
under apartheid. Fortunately, I don´t feel quite as despondent
as Mangcu, but maybe my sunny optimism is misplaced. I believe
there is still hope, precisely because of people like Mangcu,
Financial Mail editor Barney Mthombothi, The Times columnist
Justice Malala, Mail & Guardian editor Ferial Haffajee and this
newspaper´s gutsy editorial staff. I´m a white boy who never
suffered under apartheid and my criticism can easily be
dismissed as post-colonial whining; not so for the
aforementioned, who all have genuine struggle credentials and
integrity measured by the ton.

I also desperately want to believe that not everyone in the ANC
has been sucked into Mbeki´s web of evil. I really hope that
there are some senior politicians who are reeling in shock at
the daily revelations.

It´s a pity they haven´t the guts to speak out, but the ANC is
run along the lines of a charismatic religion, and independence
of thought is not encouraged. That doesn´t necessarily make
those who remain silent guilty, but it is still disappointing.
Several articles have asked rhetorically what Nelson Mandela
makes of this sacrifice of the South African dream. Well, why
doesn´t somebody ask him - or is he, too, not allowed to break
the sacred law of omertE?

Under Mbeki this country has become a quagmire of corruption and
vice. The media is often accused by politicians of stooping to
offensive racist stereotypes, but when your country is run by
offensive stereotypes, what choice do you have? If the
allegations against Mbeki are even half true, then the word
"impeachment" should be in common usage before too long.
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