The rich would be fools to pay a wealth tax to Zuma’s cronies

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The rich would be fools to pay a wealth tax to Zuma’s cronies

We need these taxpayers to lift up the poor, but who'd give hard-earned cash to this corrupt ANC government?

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The African National Congress seems to think that corruption is something that worries white people, big business, liberal blacks and the media only. For people like the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule (the man who seems to actually run the organisation these days, or at least wants to give the impression that he does) and others, if you point out the ANC’s total and utter devastation of the country through corruption you are swiftly labelled a turncoat, a “702 Black”, a treasonous running dog of capital, an Uncle Tom or something worse.

It’s very boring. The real problem, and one that should exercise the minds of the good people left in the organisation, is that the ANC’s corruption hurts the party’s noble goals more than anything else in the country. Corruption isn’t just stealing from the poor. Its consequence is that it sabotages future attempts to uplift the poor and put food on their tables – it tips the country further into an unbreakable cycle of poverty.

Take, for example, the reconstruction and development that most of us agree was needed in SA in the period since 1994. From the onset many people – I was one of them – called for a wealth tax paid by blacks and whites at the upper ends of the tax brackets. In the period under Nelson Mandela such an idea had some chance of being adopted and implemented because the government had credibility. Sadly, the Mandela government decided against that tax...

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