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Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job.

13 May 2014, 02:45

Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job

I wish that I could claim this bull’s-eye sentence for my own. Truth be told, it comes from a Jesuit priest who worked with gangs in England. He should know, he was there, probably for many years.

When Mandela took over one in every four South Africans was unemployed. Twenty years down the line, under the auspices of the ANC four out of ten South Africans are jobless.

I do not need a crystal ball to know that if the ANC government did not get it right in past twenty years, they are hardly going to get it right in the next five years.

As sure as amen in the church, prepare yourselves for bullets and more bullets. The unrest of Alexandria is just a starter. More Marikinas, more service delivery protests, more xenophobia, more unrest. Unemployed people without hope, without an income and the sense of purpose that a job gives, will look elsewhere and this is where the trouble and tumult starts.

Remember that old song from yesteryear, “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.” Replace the “Love and marriage” with “Jobs and education” and you will have got the idea. Because the DA has understood how vital the intermarriage between education and jobs are, they made these two factors the carrying pillars of their political campaign. So why did the 62% who voted for the ANC not buy into the DA promise?

The insults and scars of slavery, colonialism and apartheid have certainly left their notches, which the ANC uses to the point of fatigue.  Many in the opposition try to pooh-pooh this as some distant happening, of no meaning today, I disagree. The phantoms of the past are there and they will continue to haunt us for quite some time.

The trouble, however, with being stuck in the past is that it clouds the present and blurs the future. The present is digital, the future is global and the ANC is backwards. The ANC promises are grandiose, but their deliveries are dismal.

Think of the mud schools, the Eastern Cape educational crisis, the teachers who do not care a stuff about teaching and our president who refuses to discipline them etc etc.

So once again the ANC has swept into power and we, the small but feisty opposition, (the clever ones JZ calls us), are mostly licking our wounds and trying to make some sense out of  results that defy logic –after all that has happened under the ANC, how could any one vote for such an arrogant and kleptocratic government?  

According to “The Mail and Guardian” the voters went for the ANC “brand”, not for Zuma. As Zuma and the ANC are so interlocked, I regard this as media word-trash.  A statement such as “The ANC will always be my political home” shows that emotion has been used where logic should have dominated and that is a dangerous thing.

Trying to find a fitting analogy for the ANC government, the image of an old fridge made in the early 1930s came to mind. With some fits and starts it just might still function today, uses a hell of a lot of energy, spare parts difficult  to find, and almost no technicians around who would be interested in fixing it.

Every now and again the fridge breaks down and the fridge contents rot with a terrible stink.

I certainly do not want to be hit by a bullet and I do hope for you that you and your loved ones do not have to duck and dive bullets either. But, as they say in the classics, “Use pays your price and use gets what use paid for”

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