In the wake of Bafana’s 3-1 defeat in the hands of Nigeria, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was spitting fire. Mr Razzmatazz, as he is famously known, was quoted as having said: “Last night we saw a bunch of losers – unbearable useless individuals. We must never wake up to this. We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions, this tournament has proved. That mediocrity we saw yesterday is disgraceful."
Mbalula added: “In Africa we have won nothing – we are the laughing stock. Even Madiba Magic would not have worked. With this generation of players we must forget. It is back to the drawing board. SAFA must draw up a detailed plan. They must wake up and smell the coffee.”
While I agree with Mbalula that Bafana’s performance was nothing to be proud of as a nation, I would also like to draw similarities between Mbalula’s remarks and the remarks of the general public as far as service delivery is concerned. Mbalula is angry at Bafana and the public is angry at the government. Both Mbalula and the public are not getting the desired delivery of services or results.
It is even better for Mbalula because at least he got coverage, unlike the public who cry all their tears with no one bothering to listen. The pain and disappointment that Mbalula felt when Bafana displayed mediocre performance against Nigeria equal the pain that the public feels when the government decides to impose e-tolls, when they are given unenclosed toilets, when they are shot at for protesting against lack of service delivery, when they can’t have access to running water and all that.
Mbalula saw it befitting for SAFA to go back to the drawing board so that this Bafana mediocrity can come to a standstill, and as a disgruntled member of the public who has always been a victim of shoddy service delivery, I urge the government to also go back to the drawing board and put an end to nepotism, wasteful expenditure, corruption, secrecy bill, unemployment, crime and make sure that someone must account on what exactly happened in the shameful Nkandla upgrade.