Some of the opinions in the Voices section this week
Nearly two years ago, 96-year-old Oskar Groening, known as “the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for being an accessory to the murders in the infamous Nazi concentration camp.
Groening, whose task was to count and process money and valuables taken from prisoners, had tried to avoid trial on the basis of age when he was arrested at age 93. He lost this battle and his sentence appeal. He died in hospital last year before starting his sentence. Mondli Makhayna argues that in South Africa the thinking is the opposite, or so it would appear.
Prophets of Doom
Modidima Mannya argues that people are seeking prosperity without lifting a finger. In their belief, these fellows called prophets have direct access and power to have their demands for this prosperity met. To that, of course, is attached a price tag of sorts. It is this belief that has exposed so many to the illusion that surrendering their hard-earned assets and income to these “prophets” will create better lives for them.
We should not be polite about inequality
An insightful new book from the Institute for African Alternatives features a range of solutions-driven papers on SA’s inequality crisis, penned by the likes of Thuli Madonsela and Kgalema Motlanthe, as well as a range of experts on our economy and social challenges.
How to build a sustainable property portfolio – this week the City Press/Absa Money Makeover looks at how property can provide a great income in retirement, but you need to understand your cashflow and not overcommit.