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Dear Mr President - please wake up

12 March 2014, 10:40

Dear Mr President

With all due respect I need to ask you one serious question: Are you smoking your socks?? 

After reading and rereading your statement regarding South Africa’s 20 year review I found myself in utter disbelief as to the bubble you find yourself living in.

You say South Africa is a success story and has improved since 1994 and that crime has gone down – I suggest you look out your windows in Nkandla and open your eyes.

Without going into too much detail let’s look at just a few things that have become a reality since 1994: 

·         A decreasing Rand rate

·         Poverty

·         Load shedding

·         Pot holes

·         Corruption in government

·         CRIME – in every sense of the word

·         Poor healthcare unless you have the luxury of affording medical aid

·         A decline in proper education

·         Poor Public services

·         E-tolls

·         High petrol prices

·         Low infrastructure

You say you dedicated the review to Nelson Mandela and for that I say shame on you. Shame on you for trying to hide behind a dead man’s legacy to make up for your own lack of leadership.    

What amazes me though is that you still blame Apartheid for mistakes where you as a government have failed South Africa. If Apartheid is to blame please explain to me why everything worked then but now they don’t.

It is time that you man up and take some responsibility for your own actions.

And before you go and accuse me of being a racist, please look in the dictionary and find the correct definition of it.

I have no problem with different races, but I do have a problem where I am discriminated against because I am white.

I can’t find a job because of the colour of my skin. I can’t benefit from any form of Socio-Economic Development or Enterprise Development because of the colour of my skin. Does this not in fact make you a racist Mr President??

It’s been 20 years, let’s move on shall we?

To all fellow South Africans, I ask you to please keep the above in mind with the upcoming elections. I plead from you all the following:

·         Let’s base who we hire on skill not race.

·         Let’s provide opportunities for ALL who seek to improve their lives.

·         Let’s get rid of those in power who are corrupted.

·         Let’s stop blaming the past and start working on the future.

Funny how, once we stand together as a nation, we might just be able to really turn South Africa into a success story.

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