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Open Letter to the People of South Africa

04 April 2014, 06:55
Everyone always writes "open letters" to the president, but the president never reads those letters and even if he did, he does not care!

This letter is to the PEOPLE of South Africa, no matter what race, religion, gender, spiritual affiliation or sexual persuasion. If you are over 18 and eligible to vote on 7 May, this is addressed to you!

When we speak of corruption, we do not speak of hundreds or even thousands of rands, we speak of millions and billions of rands; a figure that many people cannot even imagine, so I want to break down just one amount that has been in the news a lot lately - Nkandla!

The R246 million that was spent on 'security upgrades' at Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal could have been better used on:

Salaries for 1 260 nurses; or
Building another 2 500 RDP houses; or
Building 15 new schools; or
Building 10 new rural health clinincs; or
Salaries for 1 800 police officers; or

To simplify this even further, let us put it into a language everyone can understand:
If you are one of the millions of people in SA that earn around R5 000.00 per month, this amount could pay your salary for FOUR THOUSAND YEARS!! (and there would still be change)

5 000pm x 12 months
= 60 000 per year
60 000 x 4 000 years
= R240 000 000.00

Do you think it is fair that ONE PERSON spends so much money that is meant to help the people of South Africa on himself?

Now apart from our esteemed president, our current government has managed to spend R30.8 BILLION on unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure (things that were not needed/corrupt deals).

This amount could have been better spent on:

Salaries for10 000 nurses for a year                   1,92 Billion
Salaries for 10 000 SAPS constables for a year 1,20 Billion
Salaries for 10 000 teachers for a year               2,20 Billion
3 top of the range prisons;                                  2,30 Billion
5 new first-class hospitals                                   7,50 Billion
20 new police stations                                        1,30 Billion
500 new schools                                               10,00 Billion
20 000 RDP houses                                            1,70 Billion
TOTAL                                                             28,12 Billion

With all of the above there would still be about 3 Billion left over that could pay for the roads to be fixed, which means no need for e-tolling, and it could also pay 1 year's worth of legal fees for the Marikana miners....

How long would it pay your salary for? Multiply the previous figure by 10!!!

So you tell me, even with the good that has been done over the past 20 years, do you feel that your government is doing all they can do for YOU?

Think with your heads when you vote next month, not out of some sense of loyalty. Vote for a government that is going to do what it is paid (a VERY LARGE salary) to do - work for YOU, not the other way around!!!


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