Manuel laments 'sick' SA society

PRETORIA - National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel says the batch of new political parties don&39;t hold the key to resolving the country’s socio-economic problems.

He&39;s described South Africa as a sick society, that&39;s drifted from the path enshrined in the constitution.

Manuel delivered a lecture on Wednesday night, honouring late cabinet minister Dullah Omar and PAC activist Joe Moabi.

Manuel lamented what he described as a decline in citizen activism. He said it&39;s important for South Africans to respond to social challenges.

Manuel said unemployment, poor education, an over-burdened public healthcare system, crimes against children, and xenophobia require urgent attention.

“Some of the differences find resonance in party politics and in the tendency to establish our own political parties when we are ignored by others.

"Consequently there’ll be much political ambition masquerading as introspection in the run up to the elections next year. I want to appeal to rational people not to shy away from doing what we must as democrats, nor must we be ensnared by the sanctimonious pronouncements of people whose chief intent is election into public office”

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