In SA, as in Poland, the Bolsheviks rule, not the democrats

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In SA, as in Poland, the Bolsheviks rule, not the democrats

The country is masquerading as a democracy, so don’t think comradeship, cadre deployment and failure odd

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Tuesday’s Business Day newspaper had a tableau of front page stories which threaded together a useful guideline of the state we are in and, more precisely, the state of the state itself.

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission is hunting down the blackness or otherwise of leading empowerment vehicles, which apparently, courtesy of the witch hunt, are “fighting for survival”.

Next there was finance minister Tito Mboweni’s Twitter meltdown about the future of SAA. His enquiry “what should we do with SAA” seemed a little arch after he had just stumped up more than R10bn of taxpayer cash to extend its life. And perhaps this enquiry was best addressed to his cabinet colleagues, not to his 960,000 Twitter followers. Though he is likely to receive more sympathy on publicly questioning the need for a state airline from them, rather than his statist cabinet colleagues...

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