'Not serving the public'

2010-08-20 13:35

Dear Editor,

What on earth is happening to our country? I wrote the article Work for what you want a while ago very sad about what's happening with the older generation in our country.

Right now, I am at my wits end with these so-called "Public Servants". How are they being any form of servant to the public when they are setting things alight at hospitals and disrupting school lessons?

I am distraught when I think that the people that are causing so much havoc are the very people that play such an integral role in keeping this country working. Who do you think you are to bring the country to a stand-still because you are unhappy with the pay you get? You should be thankful you have a damn job.

I think the problem with our country can be summarised completely by this strike. If you are unhappy, you disrupt everything. If you want to create a better standard of living for you and your family, work, and get a flippin' promotion you lazy moron!

I'm a youngster and in my mind, that is how the world works. What turns my blood to black is that these striking people are causing the sick and frail to suffer because of a paycheque. I say fire the whole damn lot of them.There are so many people that are willing to work for less than these public servants are getting paid anyway.

Our dearest president should really show that he has some form of dignity, backbone and integrity and pull finger to sort these folks out. Make a stand, get the army involved, bloody hell do something. Don't let those who are committed to this country suffer because other people are unhappy with a pay increase.

How many of us expect an increase of more than 4 or 5% anyway? It is disheartening and I'm sure there are many more people that are 'gatvol' of government just sitting back with their exorbitant salaries and letting these strikers be.

Today is a very very sad day in the history of our country and we don't need people like this around.


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  • Gorilla - 2010-08-20 13:44

    I watched Sky News this morning. The headlines were the strikes in SA and images of police with shotguns shooting at strikers, with the advice given that people planning to come to SA should do so at their own risk or cancel their plans. All that hard work done building the image of SA during the Soccer World Cup is gone, gone, gone. Well done Cosatu you bunch of morons.

  • Tman - 2010-08-20 13:52

    Thats what happens when you "elect" a lame-duck to the highest position in the country, he promised us heaven and earth and now he can't deliver, will he be recalled as well?

  • Cynical@author - 2010-08-20 13:57

    I don't think today is a sad day in our history at all. I think we should all, as patriotic Souf Efricans, celebrate the death of ppl who were denied medical care, the destruction of private property, the disruption of schools, the intimidation of non-strikers. Hey, lighten up folks, this is part of the "better life for all" that Jailbird 46664 and his ppl promised you, remember? Haaaa ha ha ha

  • JAYNE - 2010-08-20 13:58

    The Western Cape as usual is under control totally....155 people in the entire province are on strike...(Until the "political forces" start bussing people INTO the Western Cape as PRETEND strikers....

  • observer - 2010-08-20 14:02

    This is the culmination of a strategic move to keep the whites out of the economy prior to 1994. The Mr Nelson Mandela stratefy is now coming back to roost. All people intergrated incl the whites would have doubled the economy and the tax base.

  • Rob - 2010-08-20 14:06

    This is how they were taught to do by the ANC!! One group of people strike and monkey see, monkey do!! The government should take stern action and make it a law that strikes are not allowed!! It is costing the country millions and then I am not even speaking of the damage it is doing to our image in this world of ours!!!

    They must learn to WORK for what they want to achieve but I suppose that is to late for they were given jobs and they do not deserve these jobs!!!

  • SMC - 2010-08-20 14:06

    I agree 100%. Our so called fatcat President, his wives, 21 children and his bunch of lazy fatcat ministers must give half their salaries back. The people see them getting huge big salary increases (for doing NOTHING), spending millions upon millions on cars, houses, travel and world cup tickets but then have the cheek to say there is no money for increases for the doctors, nurses, police services, teachers and prison services. Anyone who has lost a loved one because of these strikes must sue the government for doing nothing to stop the strikers from going on the rampage and the unions for the murder of a loved one because they barricaded hospitals, pulled nurses from the wards who could have given the patients essential help that could have saved their lives. This country is going down the drain far quicker than any other African country.

  • Jaker - 2010-08-20 14:10

    So they get bad increases fin year ends probably based on bad performance. Then they strike and get another 8-10% increase.

  • Juan - 2010-08-20 14:10

    Look @ who's in charge. that explains it ALL!!!!

  • Cynical@Tman - 2010-08-20 14:16

    Even if he is recalled, who will take his place? Lemme guess, some other equally illiterate useless tosser....

  • Logan - 2010-08-20 14:16

    problem is police are using rubber bullets.... reall ones work better. ANy striker trying to stop people entering hospitals or on school grounds should be shot.

  • Chucky - 2010-08-20 14:17

    What do you expext from a bunch of "BRAINLESS, BRAINDEAD, KA%#&@s. Why are they unhappy. They voted for for this governmunt.SO WHAT THE MATTER IS.

  • zane - 2010-08-20 14:18

    strikers see their leaders looting the public coffers to buy luxury cars and pay million rand salary and they also want a piece of the stolen pie

  • Chucky @ observer - 2010-08-20 14:20

    HUH !!!

  • Badger - 2010-08-20 14:21

    SKY/BBC/CNN we are all over now AND I mean OVER OVER OVER.

    Western Cape is the ONLY province under control. Whats that about proof in the pudding??

    Now will all you FCKUING MASSES please look at the current picture and vote the JZ's,JM's and the rest of these BABOONS out of power and put the DA in, "PLEASE" if it's not too late already!!!!

  • Me - 2010-08-20 14:22

    A law firm with initiative should take up a class action law suit against the Unions on behalf of all people who suffered damages due to the actions of striking workers e.g. family of patients who died due to blocked hospital entrances and people seeking treatment who were forced away by strikers. Unions must be held responsible for the actions of their members. If they are ordered to pay billions in damages to victims they might, in the future, keep their members under control - if they survive the lawsuits

  • GVA@Cynical - 2010-08-20 14:22

    So stuck record if you no longer stay in SA like you said in other comments why are you so interested in what goes on here? It is no longer your concern toss ball so butt out!

  • Chucky @ observer - 2010-08-20 14:24

    What are you Talking about here or were you chewing WASP's.

  • DeonL@bananarepublic! - 2010-08-20 14:26

    We are now realy part of Africa, we are now a Banana Republic where poor service is a norm, thank God for DA and Cape Town, a lone star in dark Africa. Even Mnet channels are now full of black patches of nothing for a few seconds every now and then, and they are not even striking!!

  • African Child - 2010-08-20 14:27

    "Despondent" I'm glad your blood turned black sure you have a gleams of what it is like to be a professional in the public sector and not paid, while the orchestrators children, siblings and cousins are throwing parties worth R500 000, private personal doctors and nurses with our salaries and they tell us there is no budget while the world cup budget was exceeded by 300%, now you worry about the image of the country while there is no true image out there. Get a life Despondent

  • Baboon - 2010-08-20 14:34

    I am striking at the moment. We deserfe more monies that what we are getting currently. I have got a higher edukation and desrfe a higher selery.

  • Martin - 2010-08-20 14:34

    Dude, that's where you make the mistake, PEOPLE have feelings, PEOPLE are humane, most of these things should not exists in our society, they should be locked away in cages where they belong. Fu@#k the ANC!!

  • RC - 2010-08-20 14:34

    Typical. We should not expect more of them. They never think of the consequences of their actions. They live in the here and now.

  • observer@chucky - 2010-08-20 14:35

    Chucky - the taxes come from the productive people in our economy. Almost 2 milllion tax payers have left South Africa. Do you get the picture. This is called macro-economics and fits into a strategic planners itinery.

  • Kat - 2010-08-20 14:35

    Step aside Chuck........ Despondent for president !!!! Fire the whole damn lot ,there are tons of people in the unemployment line ,who would love a permanent job with all the perks - take them........

  • Kwaai@Cynical - 2010-08-20 14:36

    U where u at man???..How is life overseas???Give us an update?:_

  • MJS - 2010-08-20 14:36

    Calling police with balls - shoot just one of these hooligans, you will see the others dispers. At the moment it is crowd hooliganism, but make an individual pay and they will all feel vulnerable - like those sick vulnerable ppl in hospital or our children!

  • @ African Child - 2010-08-20 14:38

    Perhaps you shouldn't of voted the orchestrators into power then?

  • hansi - 2010-08-20 14:38

    Typical (you know whats)

  • observer @chucky - 2010-08-20 14:41

    Nelson Mandela and the anc made a strategic decision to cut the whites out of the economy post 1994. Do you get the picture now.

  • @chucky - 2010-08-20 14:41

    It sad that stupid little opnion does not really matter. The BRAINLESS, BRAINDEAD, KA%#&@s are ruling this place now. So you little spoiled piece of rubbish can take your comments elsewhere.

  • Juan - 2010-08-20 14:43

    That's what you get for supporting useless R40 billion soccer stadiums. Now the money is gone.. these teachers and nurses should go home and eat their vuvuzelas.

  • Juan @ African Child - 2010-08-20 14:49

    So tell me WHO's fault is it that the GOVERNMENT spent millions of rands on parties, etc? Enlighten me, please.

    I would say it's YOUR OWN fault if you empower these corrupt folk with your vote!

  • Cynical@"GVA@Cynical" - 2010-08-20 14:51

    "...why are you so interested in what goes on here?". That is for me to know and for you to find out. By the way what does GVA stand for? Aha I've just worked it out! Gonorrhoea Venereal Arsehole! Haaaa ha ha ha

  • Faahim - 2010-08-20 14:52

    So much for BEE leaders, the "i told you so" phrase seems fitting. Give the jobs back to those who were in it for passion and not the MONEY.

  • Gaz - 2010-08-20 14:56

    SA is not even 2 years away from becoming Zimbabwe. ...wealthy Botswana must be embarrassed to be our neighbours as well as Mozambique. Jeez guys, if the Spineless fraudulent and corrupt ANC Govt don't do something quick, the entire SWC move to see us as a 1st World country is down the toilet.
    I am sick and tired of seeing blacks on TV want want want!!!!! Work you pieces of sh1t!!

  • Ntapa - 2010-08-20 14:59

    Very strange! The strike is acually saying that the masses are not happy with the way goverment is doing things...yet at the same time the masses voted in the goverment. Makes you wonder if you should not earn your right to vote by means of your intelegenece! This would have averted many catastrophies in history where emotion defeated intelegence ito national interests! Oh wait - that's the definition of politics right?

  • Hein - 2010-08-20 15:13

    As a taxpayer, I am in favour of granting public servants an increase, as we all know how high living costs are. However, a public servant should remember who pays his salary and also why he chose to work in the civil service. If it is only about "getting paid each month", than I agree, fire the whole damn lot. But 'they' (as the public servants) should reverse roles and ask themselves whether their demands are reasonable, giving their performance in the last year. The most likely answer would be 'probably not'.

  • Sihle - 2010-08-20 15:15

    Guess what Chucky use the derogatory K-word all you like chief. I for one have come to realise that there will always be people like you. I really feel for your kids if you have any. It sure must be hell having a parent that is full of so much hate. Have a great weekend

  • Gaz - 2010-08-20 15:16

    SA is not even 2 years away from becoming Zimbabwe. ...wealthy Botswana must be embarrassed to be our neighbours as well as Mozambique. Jeez guys, if the Spineless fraudulent and corrupt ANC Govt don't do something quick, the entire SWC move to see us as a 1st World country is down the toilet.
    I am sick and tired of seeing blacks on TV want want want!!!!! Work you pieces of sh1t!!

  • Cynical@"Kwaai@Cynical" - 2010-08-20 15:16

    Hello mate. I am overseas but would prefer not to say where as I prefer to keep my many admirers (LOL!) on this forum guessing. You are in the UK, right? I also spent some time there and loved it! Aaaah, it is so lekker to be in the First World.....

  • terry - 2010-08-20 15:23

    Zuma is not going to do anything about these thugs, because the only reason he is president and not in jail is because he used these same mobs to mobilize mass action in support of having the charges against him dropped.

  • Hamba Kahle - 2010-08-20 15:25

    What is happening in SA is exactly why the rest of the world will never, never, ever commit themselves financially and otherwise to Africa. Why should they involve themselves with people and governments where there is no discipline, where strikers act like a bunch of barbarics and where criminals rule countries 24/7. South Africa has again demonstrated to the world what Africa stands for - a deep rooted loss of responsibility, anarchy, the fact that human life is not worth a penny and above all, a continent that has no common sense - the most crucial element of democracy and good governance. Africa will remain Africa for the next million years!! Let's all enjoy our time in the bush!

  • Patience - 2010-08-20 15:32

    There is only one solution for these people is to take the job and give it to jobless people because they have put our country in disgrace

  • Sa - 2010-08-20 15:37

    ANC is gonna rule forever...verstan net dames en here

  • Sihle@observer - 2010-08-20 15:39

    I do agree with you.People have to start letting go of this hate and all the words that go with it. Stop the anger. Intergrate all people - all colours and work together. Unfortunately it will have to start with the ANC politicians to lead the way. I don't know how they are going to tell their people that there is no more aa and bee.

  • JOHNDY - 2010-08-20 16:09

    I think the problem behind this whole strike is Vavi's personal vendetta against Pres Zuma. Zwelinzima Vavi was hoping he would get a sit in the parliament/Cabinet and he did not, he is a very influential man and he knows that the majority rule. he thinks he can do whatever he wants, ANC tried to call him into order and then he threatens to disband the alliance....we need leaders who are prepared to lead and not leading to enhance their life

  • robert@chucky&NEWS24 - 2010-08-20 17:11

    why do you allow such disgusting language on this forum. if you let any moron write what he wants it just takes away the whole point... chucky you are a TWAT!

  • annon01 - 2010-08-20 22:02

    people are striking in thi manner becuase of the total anger at incompetant or corrupt government officials.

    when you hear that a bee deal is going to benefit the presidents family and friend for about 800 million rand or that the police commissioner is happy for governemnt to foot the bill of 500 million rand becuase the saps want to renegade on their lease to move into a new building or that another dept wants to cancel its lease for the wheel shopping centre in durban and pay hundreds of millions of rands to the lessors ...........people are upset.

    they are upset that in future, the media will not be able to report about strikes. at the momeent gov is working over time to see what they can do for the strikers to end the strike. the only reason why the gov is doing this is becuase the media is covering this story.

    in 12 months time, if the new bill to censor the media comes out -> strikers will go on striking and the public will not hear about it and the unions will not be able to bargain and negotiate wages

  • Zion Pay - 2010-08-21 09:06

    Despondent, I am forced to point out that the persons you are refering to are not doing much work anyway. Definitely not in the interests of South Africa. In my opinion teachers who strike are not there for the calling but for what they can get. My 8yr old grand daughter and friends find the whole toi-toi issue hilarious: Those omnipotent demigods in the class room have degraded themselves to the level of clowns and judged so by 8yr olds.