“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
Charles Dickens wrote this of the years leading up to the French Revolution. He may as well have been referring to South Africa this week. Politically, it has been an alarming week, one which has caused many to despair for the country. And yet it contains seeds of hope. If we nurture them to fruition, South Africa will emerge the stronger for having endured the Zuma Presidency.
On Tuesday, the Zuma-captured Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) acting on instruction from the Zuma-captured NPA (National Prosecuting Authority) summoned Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on fraud charges deemed irrational by legal experts. This weakened the rand, magnified the threat of a ratings downgrade, and struck a grave blow to our near-term prospects for job creation and poverty alleviation.
Meanwhile, our universities were under attack from #FeesMustFall protestors throwing stones, intimidating fellow students and setting property on fire in their attempt to bring about campus shutdowns until their ever-shifting demands are met. Without explanation, Treasury was given no representation on the team tasked to resolve this far-reaching crisis even though underfunding is its root cause.
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