“Kortbroek” van Schalkwyk .
s is the case in normal in life, your decisions, made at a certain point in time in your life, be it good or bad, eventually catches up with you and then you suffer the consequences and if they were bad, they come back to haunt you!
In the previous elections, Martinus van Schalkwyk was canvassing for the support of voters under the banner of the National Party, and thousands of loyal citizens to the party voted for him, ensuring his return to parliament as a representative of the National Party.
Yet amazingly when the elections were done and dusted, he became a traitor, and ‘crossed the floor in parliament’ and was appointed as Minister of Tourism, a reward by Jacob Zuma, for him being a traitor to all those that voted for the National Party, which he only used to secure his presence.
In the five years, he continuously bragged about the growth in the South African tourism industry as a result of his input, yet come the newly elected fifth parliament of our country, and he finds himself, ‘out on the street’ and Derek Hanekom replaces him!
He isn’t even rewarded for the ‘said good work’ that he had done by becoming an ambassador in some country, and the president being of the opinion that he should just vanish into thin air, like mist in front of the sun, from political life.
How ironical to have risen through your deceit (dishonesty, treachery, deceitfulness, deception, trickery, sham, pretense, cheating, duplicity, falseness, guile) to the voters, and then find yourself, flat on the ground.
Even your resignation, which is really ‘being fired’, becomes sub titles on the news bulletins and all the grandiose exposure that you have enjoyed in the last couple of years is no more.
Your exit from the political arena is made without any announcements of the ‘supposed grandiose contribution’ that you have made to increase tourism to South Africa, but hopefully, someone out there, might consider to employ a traitor, whom might add to their detrimental failure!
We wish you all the best - Mr. Van Scalkwyk in whatever endeavour you plan for the future.
May the best of British luck be with you.