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Cyril’s new bitter pill for SA is just to inject more cash into the ANC

Ramaphosa wanting the state to start peddling drugs makes complete sense to everyone but the taxpayers

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When Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday that the ANC wants to establish a state-owned pharmaceutical company, what he meant, of course, was that the ANC doesn’t want to establish a state-owned pharmaceutical company.

What it wants, is to stick another oversized needle into the collapsed, dusty veins of the South African taxpayer and try to suck out a few more drops of money under the guise of forming and funding another “state-owned enterprise”.

I use inverted commas here because I’d like all of us to stop using that phrase as if refers to an actual thing. The state currently being strangled to death by the ANC owns absolutely nothing that could be described as a going enterprise. The ruling party wouldn’t know an enterprise if it came out of warp speed over Luthuli House and beamed the entire NEC aboard. ..

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