More state intervention won’t offer solutions, Cyril – Solidarity

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation at the national assembly, 7 February 2019.  Picture: Phando Jikelo /African News Agency (ANA)

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation at the national assembly, 7 February 2019. Picture: Phando Jikelo /African News Agency (ANA)

Measured by Ramaphosa’s Sona speech there is ‘no indication but that government would be an even greater obstacle to economic growth’.

The African National Congress’ (ANC) basic premise is that more government control would lead to better results, notwithstanding the disastrous consequences state interference has brought over so many years, trade union Solidarity said today.

Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address yesterday, the union said the stubborn pressing on with, among other things, the National Health Insurance and the commitment to expropriate property without compensation, were indicative of a state that was trying to make people more dependent on it.

“Clearly, the ruling party does not realise that the state is indeed the main obstacle in the way of taking South Africa to prosperity. Instead of deregulating the state, government just promises more regulations and more legislation that would ultimately prove to be an even heavier millstone around the neck of the South African economy,” Werner Human, Solidarity deputy chief executive said.

Measured by this speech there is, according to Human, no indication but that government would be an even greater obstacle to economic growth.

“The ruling party indicates that billions of rands of taxpayers’ money would be spent on improving the current state of affairs. South Africa’s problem is not that government spends too little money; it is that they are losing too much money. Unfortunately, competence does not increase as numbers grow, and more money poured into government projects that are not feasible only means less money in South Africans’ pockets and more debt for the treasury, while the impact on South Africans’ lives is at best negligible and at worst clearly detrimental,” Human said.

“Apart from the small green twig that comes in the form of a promise of a turnaround at Eskom by separating business units, state enterprises still remain bottomless pits for plundering that are paralysed by poor management, while the taxpayer has to bear the brunt of it. The ruling party will have to realise that technocratically overwhelming organs of state simply cannot function effectively, no matter who serves on the boards of such organisations.”

African News Agency (ANA)

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