Each time I log onto News 24 it seems there is another article written about e-tolls, and over the last few months I wonder how many thousands of responses have been written in response to those articles, most of them decrying the government and everyone linked to e-tolls and SANRAL, people turning on each other and calling those who have registered for e-tolls "sell outs", a very sad and volatile situation. Conversely, I see very few, if any articles written about the collapse of the so called three pillars of civilization, i.e. Law and Order, Health and Education. If any articles are written, far fewer responses or comments are made than in the case of e-tolls. It is as if, the payment of a toll to drive on a highway is far more important than having to pay many thousands of Rands in medical aid each month because of the collapse of the state hospitals and clinics. The fact that many pensioners are not receiving the medication that they are in desperate need of because the state hospitals and clinics are simply not able to provide them and they in turn cannot afford to pay for the medication, is far less important than them being exempt from paying toll fees. It is as if the ineptness of the government in properly managing the so called pillars of civilisation is fare less important than the issue of e-tolls and we are quite "happy" to pay away many more thousands of Rands each month on "services" that government should be providing in comparison to what e-tolls will cost us but for whatever reason that does not seem to matter. I am really starting to wonder if the whole e-toll saga is not just another very clever ploy engineered and fed and fuelled by government to detract our attention from the other important (if not more important) issues that we face as a nation and which we seeming seem to have allowed ourselves to have accepted as a norm? The only way this whole sad and sorry saga is going to be remedied is by the election of a new government this year, and I wonder if the electorate in this country will ever make that happen?
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