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ON Tuesday CorporativeGovernance Minister Sicelo Shiceka told the media that blame for the riots at Mashishing in Lydenburg should be laid on the previous administration of Mpumalanga.
Shiceka said communities had complained many times but their cries had always fallen on deaf ears.
It takes courage for a government to take responsibility when things go wrong. Except, Shiceka wanted to create the impression that the previous administration he was referring to was a different from the party currently in power.
The minister should know by now that the masses are not fools. He cannot go around creating the impression that a different party to the one he says failed the people is now in power.
It is accepted that the ANC under Mbeki was a fractious bunch. But the party must take the good with the bad. If it wants to dissociate itself from the unmitigated mess by the ANC under Mbeki it should also refuse to acknowledge thesuccesses.
The ANC has been in power since 1994. In that period it has built millions of houses and managed the economy in such a way that we are relatively less susceptible to the economic crunch that is crippling the rest of the world.
It has also governed us through an era of Aids denialism, the macro-economic structure we currently have and inaction on Zimbabwe.
The tendency to air-brush people in and out of history, and revising it to suit the interests of those in power, smacks of fascist tendencies. It also creates the impression that the government thinks we are stupid.