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31 Jul 2015
2:15 pm

Nkandla leaves SA paralysed

One in four people in South Africa are unemployed and many more have simply given up and are considered not economically active.

A view of President Jacob Zuma's homestead Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: AFP.

It does not make for attractive reading. The effect this has on the socioeconomic and political climate is clear for all to see, with frustration and anger boiling over in this country on an almost daily basis.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe is right that the debate around balancing job creation with a national minimum wage – which many argue will kill job creation – must happen. However, sadly, not much debate around core issues such as jobs is able to take place in the higher echelons of the country.

Parliamentarians spend so much of their time partaking in a game of Cluedo with Police Minister Nathi Nhleko that everything else becomes secondary to the soap opera. The very Nkandla scandal was the cause of what parliamentarians were dealing with yesterday.

MPs voted in favour of unruly MPs being physically removed from the chamber – this in response to the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) chaotic disruptions of parliament. The once-hallowed chambers of our young democracy now needs bouncers.

Think about that for a second. It seems it needs more security too, with the EFF complaining their offices were burgled this week. It is not hard to see how a bumbling administration, which has deteriorated as it has stumbled from one controversy to another, has resulted in a partially paralysed parliament, frustrated politicians and angry citizens.

The average South African has to wait in a long queue in order for his grievances to be heard. The government has a mandate to serve its people, but instead is providing a soap opera of tragic proportions, playing out in front of a country where finding a job is the first and last thought of millions of people every day of their lives.