To Julius Malema on taxes
Julius Malema has claimed the following: "How much tax I owe is not your business. It's a personal matter. It doesn't belong to you."
The thing about tax is, it is paid over to government, and a big chunk of government is simply an administrative body set up to oversee the communal assets of any given country.
We have elections in part to decide how those communal assets, in the form of taxes, should be spent - that is why members of parliament can also be called representatives and why our president is little more than the highest ranking member of the civil service.
The money you owe in taxes is not owed to the government, it is owed to the country and a country is nothing more than the people in it.
Corruption is such a great evil because it robs every member of our society, and tax evasion is pretty much the exact same thing. People who don't pay their staff are no less thieves just because they are stealing people's labour.
That money is what you owe all of us under your obligation as a person doing business in South Africa.
And that you don't seem to get that is one of the many, many reasons you should never be president.
You talk about things like free university education, well the money for that has to come from somewhere and that somewhere will be in the form of taxes.
You talk about nationalising the mines - where do you think the set-up costs for that are going to come from if it ever happens? Taxes.
Nationalising the farms? In order to do that even without compensation, you need to spend and that money comes out of taxes.
Every single one of your proposals, Mr Malema, rests on the funding provided by taxes, and every single cent of those taxes belongs to the people of South Africa. It is our money Mr Malema.
To pretend this is a personal matter is rubbish from rubbish - it is one of the most basic duties we all have to our country to do our best to make it a better place.
It is a public issue, because those taxes go to the public good.
Sure you may feel that what you fail to pay is but a drop in the ocean, but an ocean is made up of many drops. Your failure to contribute is not made irrelevant by its size relative to the budget.