[DEBATE] : Fwd: Article from The Times
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Thu Jun 26 19:08:33 BST 2008
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Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:29 PM
Subject: Article from The Times
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The Sunday Times Online reports that "...Arms deal activist Terry
Crawford-Browne is claiming R5 million from Finance Minister Trevor Manuel
in compensation for expenses incurred in fighting the multi-billion rand
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Why is this man fighting a lonely battle in what ought to be an
outrageous matter of national concern?
Is he a bitter pale male who is bent on proving that a post-apartheid
government headed by a black person is inherently corrupt and incapable of
running South Africa?
Or is he a genuinely concerned human being who knows that corruption
particuclalry diadvantages the poor, who among other others, are robbed of
food, shelter, water and health that the government fails to deliver
primarirly because of corrupt policies and actions?
Why does he appear to be alone in this battle?
Is he alone because of South Africa's perculiar culture of *exclusion and
isolation*, which appears to manifest itself in the legal prosecution of
some individual over allegations of ccorruption, while others who are
implicated but appear to wield power to influence the constitutional
instituions that must act decisively are spared the inconvenience of
answering their cases?
What kind of a culture of democracy and law and order that South Africa is
developing and where is all this leading to?
Is this a result of the prevailing politcs of fear and the lingering fear
of politics of the apartheid era? Or is it just plain apathy on the part of
a confused electorate?
If the non-racial and non-sexist democracy and human rights culture that
South African boast claim to be on track in developing after apartheid will
indeed materialize, then all South Africans must be able to say "Voetsek,
corruption!", not just lone and isolated voices.
Arms activist seeks R5m from Manuel
126 Montgomery Avenue
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