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Crumbling from within, SA is becoming morally bankrupt

The National State of Disaster has been just that. A disaster. And it’s a state that extends beyond just the pandemic.
The country has become a dual state, comprising the normative and the criminal. If this continues, it’s just a matter of time before the latter eclipses the former. Image: Beawiharta, Reuters

In presenting his analysis of the Third Reich in his treatise ‘The Dual State: A Contribution to the Theory of Dictatorship’ in 1942, German political scientist Ernst Fraenkel identified two states of government:

  • The normative (upholding the rule of law), and
  • The prerogative – “that governmental system which exercises the unlimited arbitrariness and violence unchecked by any legal guarantees”. *

On the face of it, South Africa still functions under the rule of law. Sort of. And the government has not put into law legislation that is comparable with that passed in the Third Reich. Nor has it had to put into law any justification for criminality.

But therein lies the problem.

Our courts can only consider a matter before the court. And it appears to be so easy to keep matters out of the court.

The government doesn’t have to legalise criminality (making it a prerogative state) when those in government, or connected to those in government, do as they please.

A few examples:

  • The government cannot rein in its own officials, many of whom have appeared before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Those who have been ‘fingered’ by witnesses appear unabashed and unashamed, and obviously confident that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), struggling to get to its feet, may never get to them.
  • Has any high-ranking government official implicated in criminality appeared in court, been charged, made to forfeit all ill-gotten gains, or forfeited their state pension?
  • When will the cases of all those implicated in the recent fraudulent personal protective equipment (PPE) tender awards be brought before court? Two years’ time? Three?
  • No one has been charged with selling off South Africa’s strategic oil reserves.
  • No action has been taken against Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, in regard to various allegations, including the Beitbridge Border fence ‘washing line’ (R37 million was spent on the construction of an ineffectual 40-km border fence separating Zimbabwe and South Africa).
  • The NPA will apparently reinstitute perjury charges against former acting national director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba, who allegedly lied under oath a long time ago.…
  • The latest Auditor-General report on the state of the municipalities, and the extent of corruption, has not been acted on.
  • The National State of Disaster has been just that. A disaster. An embarrassment. A means by which to enrich a few.
  • Very few state-owned entities are clean.

The latest debacle raises more questions than just the matter of the taxpayer-funded cost of the jaunt by the ANC to Zimbabwe on a South African National Defence Force Jet departing from Air Force Base Waterkloof.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) must have approved this trip, surely?

How did ANC officials manage to fly across the border into a neighbouring country without going through passport control?

Did these ANC officials – Ace Magashule, Lindiwe Zulu, Nomvula Mokonyane, Enoch Godongwana, Tony Yengeni and Dakota Legoete – use their private South African passports?

Or were they issued with official passports? According to the Department of Home Affairs “official passports are issued to officials attached to government institutions who have to travel on official business” and are “valid for a period of five years”.

If travelling on official passports, and this was non-government business, is this not a criminal offence? These parties abused state resources, ignored Lockdown Level 2 restrictions, contravened the Defence Act.…

Similar to the parasitic roots that penetrate the host, the roots of corruption have spread far and wide and have penetrated the inner core of government.

South Africa’s constitutional democracy, body of laws, and strong judicial system are not enough to withstand the seeping criminality.

Crumbling from within, South Africa is morally bankrupt.

It has become a dual state, comprising the normative and the criminal.

If allowed to continue, it is just a matter of time before the latter eclipses the former.

* Per the 1942 review by Heinz Guradze, assistant professor of political science and philosophy, Park College, Parkville, Missouri).

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Everyday is “tata my millions” with the ANC

Looting, laundering, defeating justice, conning the country

The ANC have literally raped the country of its riches and virtues

Thanks Barbara, very well written and factual

WRONG – Not Millions but Billions.

“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” Hitler 1927

I rather trust a communist than a socialist, for a communist is at least honest about his intention to loot the Economic resources for his own benefit.

Socialists tend to hold their fellow members at a arms length with a loaded gun, they will jostle for position because the higher the rank the more you can loot and the higher your status the more opportunities are presented to loot.

Reporting a socialist member is a serious crime with in the party, unless the ruler changes.

Say no more, well said, very sad but true. I am a big fan of Barbara curson.


Elsewhere our beloved chief justice is on a tour of memorial lectures or something and does not accept criticism of the justice system.

Even Malema’s first case is from 2014. That’s six years ago?????

Seems a bit useless doesn’t it.

Well put. If you think of it South African citizens have never known a normal and never a state of moral correctness.

Ironically the first ‘democratic elections’ in 1994 were supposed to change that but what was bad became infinatly worse UNDER the ANC.

Brilliant piece Barbara. “Innocent until proven guilty” – four words that has been well and truly vandalised in the Beloved Country.

“becoming”? Sweetie, that ship sailed, hit an iceberg, sank and decorated the floor of the Atlantic years ago. We’re all just staring in fascination as the lifeboats continue their downward journey towards the mothership.

Drop the word “becoming” from the title.

We have simply reached the logical conclusion of the Freedom Charter. The lawlessness and looting is the unavoidable result of ANC policies. Criminality and corruption are inherent to all socialist organisations because the concept of the sharing of the means of production is naive, counterproductive, immoral, criminal and destructive. It is impossible to separate corruption and moral decay from socialism because those factors are joined at the hip. Socialism relies on immorality and plunder to further its own interests. Only the most naive and ignorant will expect the ANC to rid itself of corruption. Those revered ignorant and naive “elders” left us with this mess. Corruption and decay is their only legacy.

We already experience a rising number of suicide cases in the hospitality industry due to lockdown. Lockdown is the most serious infringement of property rights. It is on par with expropriation without compensation for entrepreneurs. The members of the Coronavirus Command Council, the politicians, the academics, the health professionals and the chairperson have the blood of innocent entrepreneurs on their hands. Shame on them!

“I am certain, however, that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
― F.A. Hayek

“Our freedom of choice in a competitive society rests on the fact that, if one person refuses to satisfy our wishes, we can turn to another. But if we face a monopolist we are at his absolute mercy. And an authority directing the whole economic system of the country would be the most powerful monopolist conceivable…it would have complete power to decide what we are to be given and on what terms. It would not only decide what commodities and services were to be available and in what quantities; it would be able to direct their distributions between persons to any degree it liked.”
― Friedrich August von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

Some of us are still trying to be living the moral high ground. However, if you say the ANC is morally bankrupt, some CEO’s/ex CEO’s of certain companies are morally bankrupt, I might agree.

Have been for a long time

Thanks Barbara, another great article.

The ANC like to call the Apartheid era their “Struggle”: What shall we call the post Apartheid era ? The “Plunder ” ??

From one who arrived in Africa in January 1970, SA was the last corner and most valuable piece of property on the continent to have the African baptism in the form of a power control change-over.
Gents + Lady, hello, apologies in advance, but was there another plan either than this exact scenario ?!
Morocco now remains sort-off the last bastion of “ok-goodness” with solid something or other but the Alaouite dynasty have been in charge since early 1600s so mistakes have been made but ship-mast remains upright, therefore the 5th largest economy in Africa with minimum natural resources.
ANC have been around for how long ? not long enough

Ace Magashule, Lindiwe Zulu, Nomvula Mokonyane, Enoch Godongwana, Tony Yengeni and Dakota Legoete.

This team explains a lot!

At least in Germany then and now things are pretty well defined.

In our beloved country everything is grey and fuzzy that is why nothing can be achieved without superhuman effort.

Even twisted laws are not respected.

What a brilliant article for our times!
This explains it all, in a nutshell; from the free reign of the corrupt (including the motley crew’s recent Zimbabwe jaunt, I wonder what lies behind that little trip?), to the doing away with whistle blowers, to the hesitation in taking any action against guilty officials, to the Government’s tacit approval of the EFF trashing shops and making demands on corporations, like the Mafia demanding protection money!
And it’s not only happening in South Africa!
May our Justice system survive! It’s not looking so healthy in the USA

The ANC has long lost a moral compass, giving way to self-righteousness and obstinacy.Let alone the standing for basic human rights that SA citizens have: law and order, water, electricity, health, safety and security, education…………….????????????

Saul Alinsky”s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Sound familiar?

Great article.

Courts have been replaced with toothless commissions.

South Africa has devolved into a theatre of commissions and task forces. A facade created by government to create the impression that those brought before them, are actually facing justice – this could not be further from the truth.

All I see when I bother to watch, is a parade of smug ‘suspects’. They know nothing will happen, as they know too much.

A corrupt government can only stay in power, by allowing an ever increasing level of corruption amongst their SOE and various security structures. Call them pay offs if you like to keep the populace under control and to keep on looking the other way as plundering on a biblical scale goes unchecked.

Sadly, Ms Curson, your headline is incorrect and “SA is becoming morally bankrupt” should read “has long been morally bankrupt” which began with the forced removals of Apartheid and now continues full steam ahead under the ANC.

Of course, we all know about these endless criminal acts thanks to the last bastion of activism here, the independent South African media.

But, but, what will be done, when the majority of the voting public is under the sway of political rhetoric, grandstanding and feelings of utter hopelessness of ever being employed?

I see no reason why SA should not become yet another failed African state, not quite on the Zimbabwean scale but nowhere near any First World country. And who to blame? We all know but are powerless.

Remember ” Checks and Balances ” ? FW de Klerk and his merry band of morons .

Fully agree, however it is not only ANC members and taxis that break the law and contribute to this lawlessness
On a daily basis we stand by and watch our friends, neighbors basically everyone openly disregarding traffic and other laws & by-laws
The law is the law, who are we to to decide which should be obeyed
A road death caused by using a cell-phone while driving is murder and no less a crime than corruption

Been wondering which country is morally worse, SA or Mexico?

Yet, I refuse to believe that SA is ‘morally bankrupt’…
simply because around the release of Mr Mandela in the 90’s, he made a speech to parliament that the ANC will stop all the corruption and wastage so deeply endemic within the NP-regime. And the ANC will show how to responsibly manage the country’s finances.

“Hear hear!”

So people start writing books on this so-called ‘Madiba magic’.

What happened ANC?? Were you the domesticated jackal looking after the chicken pen all along? I notice a white feather between your teeth….have you been devouring chicken entrusted to you?!

The Government is nothing bu a bunch of on the job trainees!!!!!!

Excellent piece. Needs to be said. Needs to be supported. Needs addition. Multiplication.

Realists would know that the country has past its critical equilibrium point of return for the multiple reasons as proclaimed by so many patriots.
We are now sliding down a mud hill to a bottom of utter despair, equal poverty, unbiased shame, totalitarian inability, first world isolation and finally carrying the stigma as a failed nation and -state.
We are amidst this process just as Zimbabwe have been and Mozambique and Namibia are to follow in.
It has now become unavoidable and the people of this beloved country will have to amid around the fire at night that “we” have done this grave injustice to “our” children, grand children and future generations through “our” own doings by keeping the political and society devil in power even after “we” could smell, taste, feel and see that the end is near.
It is not any longer possible to change the worst of human nature in the people of Africa. It is what it is.

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