Hier is Stephen Mulholland van die Citizen se baie goeie artikel oor Mbeki
Mbeki’s legacy: misgovernance
Our President, Thabo Mbeki, is a truly miserable piece of work. He is bitter, narrow-minded, vainglorious, officious, arrogant, pompous and racist.
As President of this country he has had one thing, and one thing only, in his favour: he allowed Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni to run the macro-economy.
Thus we have discipline in the national accounts, a wider and far more efficient tax net, low inflation and respectable real growth. That stands alone on the credit side of the Mbeki ledger.
His administration is incompetent and corrupt from top to bottom. From the inherently corrupt arms deal to the theft of public moneys from PetroSA for the benefit of the ANC – of which he is president and therefore responsible for its behaviour – and on and on, Mbeki is culpable of the most gross abuse of the public trust.
He has the effrontery, in his hysterical, illogical and ignorant denial of the HIV-Aids scourge, to tell us that he does not know anyone who has died from Aids. When he makes such outrageous remarks, does he not see what a fool he is making of himself?
And when he proclaims that no one entering the hallowed precincts of the SA Broadcasting Corporation would ever be attacked, is he not embarrassed when this immediately happens?
Surrounded by protective yes-men like the sinister Essop Pahad, perhaps he is shielded from the news that he is, once again, wrong.
He badmouths the private sector for not hiring sufficient numbers of blacks while his own government, which obviously prefers to employ blacks, has a vacancy rate of 36%.
Where does he think the business sector must find black executive talent? He appears to have no grasp whatever of the long, slow process of building up national skills through education and training over generations.
In his arrogance he appears to believe that by ordering something up it will miraculously appear.
His pet project, black economic empowerment, has enabled a chosen few to drift about in instantly acquired Bentleys and Rolls Royce limousines.
The “broad-based” aspect of this legislation is a joke, aside from being destructive of the entrepreneurial impulse.
If Mbeki took a break from misquoting Shakespeare, and did some serious economic reading, he would discover it is small business that creates the most jobs by far.
It does not take the genius of Einstein to grasp that when a big business is given a new boss or is taken over the first move is to reduce costs, and the quickest way is to reduce staff. And that’s what happens.
Fortune magazine’s 500 largest companies have actually reduced staff numbers in the US over the past 20 years, while in the same period about 40 million net new jobs have been created.
The small entrepreneur must employ staff if the enterprise is to function. But in SA today in order to start a business of any size the owner must have black partners, must employ a minimum number of people of colour, must abide by gender and disability ratios and so on and so on.
Thus our budding young entrepreneurs emigrate and flourish in other places which benefit from skills acquired in SA.
Among the most embarrassing of Mbeki’s habits – on a par with his use of the third person as if he were royalty – is his weekly letter on the ANC website. Perhaps he is trying to emulate the great Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats.
But whereas Roosevelt sought to encourage, reassure and comfort his people, our leader most recently devoted his convoluted language to some garbage about a racist white South African who still refers, though not in their presence, to Africans as *******.
This is not good, but hardly a national emergency. Almost 70 years after the Holocaust there are those who refer to Jews as “kikes” and “yids”.
Chinese, who have no classification in SA, although they were surely victims of apartheid, are referred to by bigots as “chinks” and “slant-eyes” – and so it goes.
For me, Cromwell’s 1653 cry in Parliament is apt for Mbeki: “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you.”