Sep 12 2008

Stranger than fiction

Published by at 11:20 am under Opinion,South Africa

First published on my old blog on 4/2/2008. 

South Africa is an unusual place. That’s for sure. Some call it “a world in one country” and then they refer to the natural variety of the country.

I think of it as “a world of economic ideas in one political party” and then I refer to the strange thing called the African National Congress (ANC), which is home to the full spectrum of economic ideas (well almost), from the “market-accepting” variety to the hardest nuts of the communist variety. 

To put this phenomenon in perspective: In Germany there are at least 5 political parties over this spectrum – and don’t think their members can be in each other’s company for longer than a few hours at a time. Let alone be thrown together in a single political party! 

But, in SA the communists live quite happily with their “market-accepting” brothers in a single political party. Strange….

From time to time one is reminded of this “strangeness”. As over the weekend, when a communist-ANC member had this to say (in public) of another (very senior) member of his own party… (and, of course, no-one got rapped over the knuckles for saying it). 

This article from Sapa:

‘It’s Mboweni who’s talking rubbish’
February 04, 2008 

JOHANNESBURG: Comments by Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni were nonsense, the Young Communist League said at the weekend. 

“The YCL notes the dastardly comments attributed to the Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, as it relates to the 52nd National Conference of the ANC calls by delegates to ease inflation targets,” said Young Communist League spokesman Castro Ngobese. 

Ngobese was reacting to Mboweni’s comments that some members of the ANC ruling party “talked a lot of nonsense”. 

Mboweni said: “At the central bank, we take our mandate from the government, not from whoever is talking from some corner.” 

Ngobese said: “Tito Mboweni is doing nothing but undermining the resolutions of the ANC. 





“We call for the democratisation of the Reserve Bank and which accords civil society and political parties space to contribute.” 

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