Femicide, rape, murder, a tanking economy – everything’s getting worse, and action from the top is our only hope
SA is in a terrible spiral of negativity. The past two weeks have been horrendous: men killing women, men raping children, supposedly “pro-poor” politicians like Julius Malema allegedly feeding himself from monies stolen from grandmothers’ pensions at VBS Bank, the country’s finances in a terrible state and about to be tipped into junk status, the crime statistics worse than they have ever been – and the economy continuing in the downward spiral it’s been on for ages.
Lest we forget, Hlaudi Motsoeneng appeared at the Zondo commission into state capture and reminded all of us just how absolutely horrific, low-grade and corrupt the past 10 years of our lives were. If you want to see the epitome of a failed state, you just have to listen to any five minutes of his appearance at the commission this past week and you would want to run for the hills. And no one would blame you.
On Wednesday two business confidence indicators said that SA business had given up on SA. The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) index dropped in August to levels not seen since the apartheid era when the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on SA and PW “Die Groot Krokodil” Botha failed to break with the past and chart a new path for the country. The well-known Rand Merchant Bank and Stellenbosch University’s Bureau for Economic Research confidence index fell to a two-decade low.