Moeletsi Mbeki: Public service wage bill distorts the economy

Reducing the public wage bill and applying austerity measures on politicians' spending will prevent South Africa's low-intensity 'hidden' civil war from progressing.

Speaking at the launch of his new book, Moeletsi Mbeki highlighted the importance of the country moving towards full-scale industrialisation and eliminating the peasantry.

702's John Robbie spoke to the political economist and author regarding his views.

Listen to the interview below:

South Africa has the highest murder rate in the world of a country that is not at war. About 18 000 people are murdered every year.

Moeletsi Mbeki, political economist

Do you know that President Zuma earns more money than the Prime Minister of England? And the economy of England is many times the size of South Africa.

Moeletsi Mbeki, political economist

We are the one country in the world where civil service earns more money than people in the private sector. This is a huge distortion we need to do away with.

Moeletsi Mbeki, political economist
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