Words of wisdom

Ali Ibn Abi Talib was the son-in-law of Muhammad the prophet. He ruled as the fourth caliph from 656 to 661. He was assassinated in 661, by a fanatic while praying in the Great Mosque of Kufa.

One of his sayings includes “Aim to live in this world without allowing the world to live inside you because when a boat sits on water it sails perfectly, but when water enters inside the boat, it sinks.”

The media focus on the VBS bank theft has unleashed info about how some of the stolen money was spent. The names of leading politicians and business leaders are obviously in the mix. Social media posts include pictures of lavish homes and vehicles including a helicopter bought with the monies stolen from poor rural black folk. Those accused of the VBS theft gladly pose with their luxury items.

Why am I raising this issue in a letter to the editor?

It is evident that those who stole from poor black rural folk, lack a conscience and humanity. When you make business by selling your services or products etc. you are entitled to your profits and live the lifestyle of your choice. However, when you steal from others, it is a very different story.

When thief’s buy lavish properties and vehicles it reflects stupidity, since your income must explain your asset accrual. Thus, it is unlikely that the average civil servant or a politician can own lavish mansions or vehicles. Even the highest ranking officials and politicians are limited by a salary. Unless there are issues of inheritance or other incomes, asset accrual can be easily calculated.

Also, whilst 50% of locals are jobless following the Covid19 pandemic, it is insulting to taxpayers and others, that those who steal, buy lavish homes, cars and products. Obviously these criminals do not steal to feed their families or pay off debt. They steal to live lavish lifestyles at other’s expense.

Thus, thieves who steal from taxpayers are not typical criminals. They steal big-time to live lavishly and generate massive suffering for millions of poor people who wait decades for clean water etc.

The penalty for thieves who steal from the taxpayer must be harsh. This will ensure that the price paid for corruption is something to fear. Our government debt is 80% of our GDP and climbing.

Those who steal from taxpayers are creating debt for our grandchildren. This is intolerable.

Cllr Yagyah Adams

Cape Muslim Congress