In any other democracy, if a minister admitted that jobs would be lost due to government policy and no plans were in place to fix it, that minister would be fired. Yet in SA, a minister who has in effect spat in the face of business gets protected by the president and the government.

“No tourism” minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane doesn’t seem to understand that jobs save lives. This sector directly supports more than 750,000 jobs, of which at least half have already been lost, but the minister confirmed before the tourism portfolio committee last week that the ANC comes first and she stands behind all cabinet decisions and regulations — no matter how ludicrous, job-destroying and destructive they may be...

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