Nkandla. We wake up to the great news of Nkandla. No one is guilty of spending R201,000.000! It looks better in figures than if I wrote Two Hundred and One Million Rand. It is still a lot of money either way! And the powers that be have decided its not your right to know where the money came from, and there will be no detailed report on how the money was spent. All this money spent on one man – do you agree with me that this is vulgar overspending?
How can we allow this to happen to us? What can we do? There must be some law in our Constitution that allows us, the people of this country, to put a stop to this vulgar overspending of tax money. We are told that it is not our tax money – but please, can someone enlighten me, where will government get money to spend if its not our taxes. Do they have their own little slush fund that we don’t know about? Tell us. And if it is donor money, than we do need to know who the donors are.
We need to know if these donors benefited from Government when they donated their money to this “worthy cause”. And we need to know if the donors themselves earned the money they donated in a fair way. Tenderpreneurs and Mining Magnates seem to be the biggest donors. And unheard of people that battled to earn a living are suddenly in the big leagues – driving huge gas guzzlers and living in huge mansions. What are they getting from the Zuma Government?
Then we have South African Airways – they seem to need more handouts each year – more money than the free airmiles they hand out. They disgustingly dump tons of food that can go to the needy. They allow Unions to dictate where the food should go and if they cannot solve the matter – they dump the food! . This our National Airlines. So what do they do? Get more and more of our taxes to fund their incompetent non businesslike behavior.
Eskom next. This is the worst parastatal in the world. I am convinced it is. Tell me if I am wrong. In 1994 they were told that the infrastructure in our country will change drastically, we will be having more people streaming into urban areas. More power will be needed. So what do they do? They ignore the pundits that know these things. The ANC is on a high and they choose a comrade that knows nothing about Energy! She, the Honourable Minister, lets our power stations go the way all thing go – into obscurity. Now they wake up – Power Stations have eroded through lack of maintenance, existing power incapable of handling the power demands. So, as usual, pass it onto the taxpayers – taxpayers who had nothing to do with this unholy mess. Sixteen percent per year on year increases and still they demand more. They laugh at us, the taxpayers, as they have their free breakfasts and dinner conventions, lapping up luxuries while we pay for it.
Tribal Leaders? Do you have a Tribal leader? I don’t have one. So are our taxes separated? Should Zulu citizens pay for their right to have a tribal leader? Should the Tsongas, the Pedis, the Tswanas, the San and all the multitudes of cultures that make up the Rainbow nation? Why then should I pay? I do. And I can assure you that you do as well. All our money goes into the State coffers and the money is divided and delivered to various sectors that govern our country. You have no right to demand your money not be stolen, not be paid to tenderpreneurs and not be given to Tribal Leaders who do nothing to earn the millions that are given to them each year. They are a bunch of freeloaders living of the state like parasites. Their villages remain bare and barren while they flaunt their wealth by driving the latest 4 x 4’s so they don’t get bogged down in roads riddled with mud and potholes. They marry young virgins and then strut around being proud of their polygamous lifestyle. All this whilst their subjects have to eke out a living merely to survive!
So who is to blame for this overspending and lack of accountability? SARS! Blame SARS. I commend Pravin Gordhan for a job well done. In fact, his is the only Governmental Department that can truly show what they are made of. Unlike Energy, Education, Justice, Police and the list goes on. Back to SARS – surely SARS can be as diligent about where our tax money goes to? As diligent as they are when they collect our taxes? Pravin Gordhan sits in with Jacob Zuma everytime finances are discussed. He is with Mr Zuma in Davos even as we speak. So as the keeper and guardian of our taxes does he not have more say in how the money should be allocated? He is an intelligent man and he should make sure that he has a say in how the taxes are spent. Or is he merely a “Yes” man…….
And finally, Mr Jacob Zuma. I get more and more despondent each day that I read about our President. Here is a man , we are told, that suffered during the Apartheid era. A man that was exiled for his fight to have a free South Africa. A man of the people, who lived with the people, and understood how the man in the street felt. If these statements are true, then how did we end up with a President who is seen to be self- enriching himself at every turn? Nkandla is a case in point. The money spent on Mr Zuma’s home is insane. He would have earned every persons respect had he stood up and said, please do not spend more money on Nkandla. Especially in the wake of all the negative publicity surrounding his fortress!
But instead it seems that Mr Zuma is patting himself on the back for a job well done. A job that he has, through the people’ s faith and belief in him. He has done nothing to stop corruption which is rotting the government departments. Tenderpreneurs are earning tons of money with no beneficial results to our infrastructures, we are being fleeced to pay e tolls, our education is a mess no matter how they try to windowdress it, our hospitals are bursting at the seams unable to cope with our growing population, local and foreign alike, violent strikes are a daily occurrence and our crime statistics are a lie. To those supporters of Mr Zuma who say he has done a good job? To follow blindly is foolish, but to follow wisely is intelligent. Judge everything and everyone including yourself. Ask the questions and demand the answers. As voters and citizens of this country we deserve to know where our taxes go and what it is used for!
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