Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Not that simple, Smuts
In what could be fairly ascribed to a fair bit of economic jealousy, the African Peer Review Mechanism report on South Africa have pointed to unemployment, poverty and crime as being destabilising forces for our nation. Smuts Ngonyama has taken offence at this, and has turned the tables in blaming crime on foreigners, especially from Africa.

If ever old Smuts could be convicted of political spin, this is it. It is largely irrelevant where the crime in South Africa comes from, the issue is that it exists, and that there has been a failure on the part of the Government to resolve it. That he actually had to state “I know for a fact that the government is working on the crime issue," is testament to the problems Government faces. There simply seems to be few new ideas and strategies to tackle crime.

I'm afraid passing the buck won't work here, Smuts, we need solutions.