Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas has expressed dissatisfaction with the widespread devastation of South Africa’s toxic political atmosphere on the economy.
He admitted that the country’s political and economic values are fast plunging into a quagmire; pleading with all and sundry to wake up from slumber, and help build a better South Africa.
Jonas explained that the efforts and commitments of government towards combating corruption and ‘bad’ politics are impeded by some political office holders who place themselves and families above the people.
To him, these political elites who got involved in a slew of corruption scandals are the reason why most investors lost confidence and fled from the country.
In addition, the deputy minister, a vocal critic of President Zuma, validated his assertion by slamming the Zuma-led government for making $3 billion irregular expenditure in this financial year.
“..Here at home, bad politics are hindering South Africa’s growth. ‘Bad’ here means people who are in power that serve the minority interest, people who look out for themselves and not the entire country,” he said.
Jonas, who was speaking at the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) congress, in Boksburg, Johannesburg, on Thursday, however, said South Africa needs exceptional leadership, not only in government but also in the private sector.
He upheld that with the pace at which ugly and scandalous stories unfold each day in the country, it will take exceptional and honest leaders to revive integrity, accountability, fairness, equity, love and peace that once existed in the land.
“We have to tackle this head-on if we’re to build a state that can manage capitalist development in the broader interests of society,” Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas added.
Rounding up his speech, the deputy minister called on the government to allow people express themselves, without shoving off their views or attacking them.