SA votes No to mining transparency

SA votes No to mining transparency – why we are not surprised?

Isn’t this just typical of the ANC’s battle against transparency and generally for secrecy in its handling of the affairs of South Africa?

Witness the secrecy bill, the battle with the Public Protector, to name but a few attacks on civil liberty.  As for transparency in the mining sector?  Not likely, and no we are not surprised!

Direct Democracy Forum‘s policies on transparency can be found throughout this website, in this DDF blog posts, DDF FAQs and DDF Policies.

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The buck stops at the ballot box

No More Player Referees

This tale of self-enrichment will not occur under a Direct Democracy Forum administration.

The DDF understand that people in government who see opportunity to enter into business dealings with Government are tempted to do just that, and there should be clear cut and reasonable rules which permit freedom of association and freedom of trade without compromising the integrity of either the government, the service provider or the transaction itself.

The only way this can happen is for the government employee/service provider, to completely disassociate himself from government (resign) and tender (get in the queue) along with all the other bidders, and that all the other bidders should be privy to the same information available to the most privileged bidder.

The penalty for not disengaging in this manner should be an all expenses paid sojourn in one of our prestigious places of incarceration.  In short, deal-rigging, should be a criminal matter with meaningful consequences.

The DDF are committed to this sort of transparency and corruption busting.  DDF policies speak for themselves.

The buck stops at the ballot box.

General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill

If passed into law, this bill will enable South African intelligence agencies almost unrestricted and unaccountable access to the private communications of South African citizens, under the guise that communications (most of them) are foreign in nature because they are routed through foreign servers.  So, if you use Skype or G-mail or almost any other electronic media system, your most private thoughts, all your most critical opinions (of your family, Government, the Public Service, the local Boy Scouts) are suddenly the property of South African security services.  Comforting.  Not so?  Big brother is indeed watching you.  This is not only the Direct Democracy Forum‘s opinion. See here and here.

Our whinging and moaning and groaning is not going to change this any, so we will simply wait until a DDF administration is in government.  When that happens there will be no communications surveillance without specific judicial oversight.  See DDF policy on Security.  So the spooks won’t like it but they too are servants of the people and subject to the constitutional requirements of the Republic of South Africa and they will simply have to bite the bullet and become more ethical and professional in the way they conduct their business.

The buck stops at the ballot box.