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04 December 2013, 11:07

South Africa has more than it's fair share of controversial stories hitting the news daily.

I for one, am bemused with the answers given to the public by the government for things they cannot deny, yet refuse to explain. Meanwhile, if you look a bit closer, you will find the irony of it all:

Government: "Our education level is at an acceptable level, and we are pleased with the progress made by comrade Angie Motshega. Irony: Almost all the government's elite send their children to private schools.

Government: "Our crime statistics are positively decreasing year on year. Irony: Attempted murder statistics show that "Attempted Murder" decreased, yet the violent crime homicides increased. (That means the more "attempted" homicides were successful.

Government: "Crime is a factor all over the world. The public are blowing the crime statistics out of proportion". Irony: All government elite have their own body guards and top of the line home security. The minister of agriculture even makes use of guarded motorcades.

Government: "It takes a village to raise a child". Irony: Any one noticed how many street kids there are begging to survive?

Government: "We expect the public to do the right thing and purchase e-tolls". Irony: Ever seen the government lead by example and do the right thing for the citizens of SA, rather than doing the right thing for power and money?

The most glaring irony there is, can be noticed in everyday life:

Municipalities charging exorbitant charges, yet there is budget under spending and hardly any service delivery to speak of.

Municipalities can't seem to get their billing software to work, yet their admin and debt recovery departments seem to run just fine.

Anything that the government involves itself in, is run into the ground repeatedly and then saved with a bailout complements of taxpayers - SABC, SAA, ESKOM etc. Irony: Pay your TV license because it's the right thing to do. Pay more for electricity but please, switch off everything! Except for SAA's fleet of airplanes, the only thing that skyrockets is the ever increasing debt and number of questionable CEO appointments to "turn the situation around".

Irony which pertains to the Nkandla saga:

Government: It was "unlawful" for the M&G to release leaked parts of the public protector's report. Irony: It is unlawful for the government to put pressure on Thuli Madonsela to drop the investigation. It is unlawful that the "leader" of our country financially benefited from the millions spent on his own Camp David.

And last, but not least.

If the Jacob Zuma is not aware of anything pertaining to all controversies pointing back to him (Arms deal, Gupta Gate, upgrades in his OWN home), how is it possible for him to be "aware" of what is actually best for the country.

Perhaps my definition of irony is warped? What say you?

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