What was discussed at the 31st African Union summit in Mauritania this weekend is about as newsworthy as the fact that the country pulled off the summit at all. There was the usual talk about continental conflicts, a whole debate around this year’s theme of corruption, and some inching closer to the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Anti-colonial nationalist intellectuals like Pixley Ka Isaka Seme, Solomon Plaatje, IB Tabata, Pallo Jordan, Chris Hani, Steve Biko and Thabo Mbeki all challenged notions of fixed racial identities. None of them would ever have been heard to use the kind of language we have heard recently, because they were genuine leaders of an oppressed people, fully aware of the weight of their responsibility.
We really do not need the National Health Insurance, certainly not its current form and shape. The only time we need the NHI is when Minister Motsoaledi is looking for a PR exercise that will deflect attention from his incompetency, which has brought public healthcare to its knees.
What does it mean when a democracy with a free market and open economy, globally traded currency and import-orientated consumer base, decides to debate the suspension of property rights as if it is a legitimate option? Well, it means we are again at a crossroads as a country.