OPINION

Ramaphosa’s SONA: Good economic views, missed opportunity

Phumlani M. Majozi |

11 February 2022

Phumlani Majozi says the President never spoke about the terrifying crime crisis we endure in our country

Politicians tend to intentionally avoid telling the truth to the people. Understanding why politicians are liars is not rocket science. If they tell the truth they will lose votes in the next elections. To politicians, it’s all about the next elections.

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, gave his State of the Nation Address (SONA) this week. As usual, he highlighted what he believes to be the achievements of his government.

Now let me tell you the truth, this country has been a huge disappointment over the past decade. It’s not just the economy that is in tatters. There are other serious socio-economic problems that slow down the country’s progress.

The first one that remains the greatest concern to me is the shocking crime rates. The ANC government has failed dismally on the fight against crime since it took power from the National Party in 1994.

South Africans die daily – murdered by ruthless criminals. As we speak, 60 people are murdered a day in the country. The victims are innocent men and women who wake up every morning to contribute toward the betterment of South Africa. The state has failed to hold criminals who terrorize our communities to account.

The crime crisis taints South Africa’s image around the globe. We were respected years ago – because the world had faith in us since we had the opportunity to resolve our problems as a united, democratic nation. Not anymore, thanks to the ANC government.

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Given these shocking levels of crime, one thing is clear, and that is our justice system is an utter disaster. We are in desperate need of a justice system that can punish crime and have effective policing. Our investigations capabilities need some serious enhancements to ensure a higher rate of convictions.  Things such as the bail policy must be reviewed – as criminals go out on bail to reoffend.

I believe the death penalty must also come back. Because, as economist Thomas Sowell once said, “Whatever you may think about the death penalty, it has the lowest recidivism rate of any of the ways of fighting crime.”

The President never spoke about the terrifying crime crisis we endure in our country. What a shame!

Another crisis we are witnessing in the country is the absence of fathers in children’s lives in the black community. The family breakdown amongst blacks is in shocking proportions. Only 32% of black children live with their fathers. Crisis! A crisis that, in my observation, does not get the attention it deserves. We must deal with it – and dealing with it primarily requires private citizens to be responsible human beings. Government can only do much – the greatest responsibility lies with the private citizens.