Forget the declaration earlier this month by the African National Congress (ANC) that 2020 must be "the year of unity, socio-economic renewal, and nation building". This must be the year of intensified and widening fightback against that party's increasingly destructive policies.
Prominent on the list are expropriation without compensation, erosion of private health care, new threats to the mining industry, and control of sport. Owners of private property, doctors, private healthcare companies, medical aids, the mining industry, businesses that depend upon mining, sportsmen and women, and the "fitness industry" are among those who need to recognise that they are all in the same boat.
Their rights and interests are threatened by a corrupt and incompetent government whose overriding purpose is to transfer powers from the private domain to itself. In so doing it will further extend the scope of its patronage, the object of which is to entrench its grip on the state. That is what parties steeped in Marxism-Leninism always try to do.
Cyril Ramaphosa, as usual, is full of contradictions. On the one hand, he tries to limit corruption. On the other, his policy proposals, by extending the reach of the state, will provide new areas in which party cadres in the form of bureaucrats can enrich themselves by extracting bribes and/or swinging government contracts to themselves and their friends and relations.
An intensified and widening fightback necessitates a change in the mindsets of many leaders in the private sector. Far too often the response to intrusive policy proposals is to say to the government "we agree with your objectives but think they can be achieved some other way". This is usually naive, because the real objectives are seldom the ones proclaimed from public platforms.
National health insurance is not about improving public health care. It is about augmenting the powers of the state. Land reform is not about "rekindling" black commercial farmers. It is about augmenting the powers of the state (and enabling politicians and bureaucrats to acquire farms without paying for them).