In another twist involving the public protector’s office‚ the Minister of Co-operative Governance an.
COSATU is shortsighted in criticising North West MEC Johannes Tselapedi for saying government did not set aside enough money for education.
The issue here is whether Tselapedi was speaking the truth or not. He is one of the politicians assigned to prepare our children for the future.
It is surprising that such a key man can complain about the fiscal management of the country. We expect that he is better placed to influence the allocation of the budget.
Education is critical to the development of our country. It is the one vehicle that is an investment for us and for our children. No country in the modern world can afford to neglect the education of its future generations.
South Africa right now is at an economic disadvantage because of the shrinking economy and the lack or critical skills. We need a functioning education system and the social and political commitment to make it work.
Cosatu further errs by trying to muffle dissent in the tripartite alliance. Uncritical, non-thinking compliance to power is what tarnished and eventually brought down the Thabo Mbeki administration.
It breeds fear, resentment and hatred that can spill over into social unrest.
A healthy democracy thrives on dissent and different views. A nation that is not allowed to think easily descends into fascism. Tselapedi is entitled to believe, as all South Africans do, that the Constitution guarantees our right to free speech and transparency between government and its people.