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Civil Disobedience, the "Not my Dog" phenomenon

07 December 2012, 10:30
Firstly, I would like to thank the motorists who had the patience and understanding for slow-go on the N1 and N3, thanks for the hooting, the smiles, the nodding heads and the thumbs up signs.

I've been very vocal and critical about the thieving Government over the last couple of months.  I've posted here on News24 about it and I've also spread the word about what is going on in South Africa to my friends overseas in the attempt to expose the real South Africa to those who think the Rainbow Nation is a reality.

During this time the realization of the situation sank in, and I was faced with the brutal but hard reality of the fact which we all know in our hearts to be true.

"Talk is cheap, money buys the whiskey"

I've seen all the comments, I've read all the opinions, I've seen insults about race and political parties flying around, but I've not yet seen anyone go over to action ... and that is exactly what COSATU's protest was, going over to action against a system which has been rolled out by a Government who has squandered all the tax money available to them on inflated public sector salaries and who's members have been dipping their hands down the cookie jar (some who were exposed) and stealing the state coffers dry.

We have already paid for these roads, the same way we have already paid for Eskom infrastructure, but Government always wants more and more ... 

I am proud to say that I stopped bemoaning our plight yesterday, and started doing something positive about it.

Everyone with a bit of common sense understands the implications of the e-Toll system and the effect that it will have on their personal lifestyles and in the great scheme of things, and this is what has me worried.

I am worried that there is so little involvement from you ... Yes, you, the reader of this opinion.

You are the the one who is going to be negatively affected by this system, you are the one who is already carrying the burden on your shoulders for Government's failed policies, and yet you were missing.

I know my previous statement is a gross generalization, because a handful of your might have been there, but certainly not the bulk of the News24 reader base

You are the informed reader, the one with the education, you are the one with connections and ideas but you did not show up.

Don't worry though, you were not the only ones, as we were driving down the N1 I failed to see any cars with OUTA signs or slogans, I didn't see any of the opposition parties nor any other civil groups ... and this is my mind is cause for great concern.

We are all, and I mean everyone, in the same boat, with a captain (read Zuma) and crew (read Government) which have no idea what they are doing, and it is up to us, the passengers of this boat to get more involved in our own futures and those around us, before the captain steers us into the rocks on the horizon.

Please, I ask of you, the reader, think on this, and the next time there is a call to arms, that you would seriously consider taking a day's leave and standing up for your rights.

We can not expect of COSATU to fight these type of battles alone, we must, as a nation stand together without any regards for colour, race or creed.

With everything going down, the notorious Info Bill, the e-Toll system, the state of our Education system, the blatant corruption which gets exposed, we, as the bulk of the tax paying South African citizens have the chance to take hands and to fight this beast together.

Everyone is GATVOL of non-service delivery from the Government's side, and we have the power to make a difference through civil disobedience ...

You can make a difference!

Cheers, and hope to see more of you the next time there is a call to "arms"
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