Today I come to sit in front of this computer, stiff as a board, probably because I got in some much needed exercise last night. I have got a lot of questions for the Government now, but here is how I got to them.
Being a pedestrian is not always fun, but I am a bad driver and to save me all the hassles and stress of driving and with a lot of 'green thought' I sold my car and have been a pedestrian since, I walk all over Cape Town and have a ball doing it but last night was one to much.
I had to walk well over 5 kilometers on my way home from work, usually I just walk about a kilometer. That is not my problem however, I don't mind the walk but I was walking in town and trying to find a road crossing since all the roads were closed, so that army and police officials can stand there parading their guns for no apparent reason. After endlessly making my way up and down the streets I asked a Police officer to direct me to the nearest crossing point, arrived at the crossing point and there is not crossing there after all, The police refuse to let me through and they tell me they don't know where I must go through.
So you planned and are involved in a event but the event officials do not know what is going on? Anyway, I went on to find me a way home.I was starting to get grumpy, I had a long day and I was hungry but my home was still a good way away. I started noticing all the excessive spending that went into this even and the excessive discomfort it caused for the residents of the areas and people driving.
I also spoke to somebody that is attending a congress here, the congress had to be cut short so that a building in Strand Street could be vacated for this whole event, that has no real use other than 'ceremony, tradition, it's nice to look at and listen to'. I honestly did not see them tackle the issues here, it's just announcements and repetition of previous years, nothing really new, there is no action, at least not what I have seen.
So here comes my questions.
Walking all over the city, I passed several huge parking spaces, filled with Police and security vehicles. It makes sense to protect your president and leaders, but why the hell do they need the entire police force? Why does there need to be hundreds and thousands of police officers when, if an actual attack does come to the president only those that are in his immediate vicinity would really be able to save him.
Some officers need to be placed at places to close the roads, yes, but there were and excess of roads closed, some roads where closed and not even being used by anyone at all, what a waste of peoples driving space!!!
The streets were lined with hundreds and thousands of men and woman from the Police and other national forces that were there just to do their parade. Where did all these people come from and why did they have to put on such a show? They needed to be transported from all over the country to get here, just to play their instrument. Its fine to have your country's band at the parliamentary opening, but why do you need all the bands, one is enough?
What I am getting at is, too much money is being spent on things that are not basic human needs, but luxuries and unnecessary when there are people dying in from hunger, when there are still people on the street.
I think that the government is trying to impress the world, which is fine, but what they should not forget is that they need to impress us, the citizens first.
Why is such a grand event necessary? Why does money need to be spent to open parliament, when the government officials are PAID to be there, to work there. Its no celebration before the work starts, you celebrate at the end of the year, when you have achieved your success. And then I would also like to know, why is parliament only opening now? Do you not see something seriously wrong with the government of 50 million people only opening now, in the middle of the second month of the year.
In all honesty, I see no reason for this entire event to take place. It's useless in effect and causes discomfort for those who are not being driven in a luxury car, in a street, closed down just for you. It makes the tired, working class pedestrian walk an extra 5 km's, just so another human being can be driven around with hundreds of guards in a safety car, in a STREET CLEARED JUST FOR HIM/HER at the inconvenience of others, others that actually pay for this luxurious lifestyle government officials live. They drive past the homeless, without even looking for more than a second.
A small ceremony, with Desmond Tutu saying a prayer, a songoma coming to dance and sing or just the President delivering a heartfelt speech that comes from his heart, that wasn't spell and grammar checked and actually written by himself, that would be great. Man, I will buy all of you in parliament a glass of champagne to celebrate an opening like that and you can save the rest of the Tax payers money to spend on buying cheaper food to feed thousands of hungry people.
I still have so much to say but let me keep it at that, if somebody from Parliament reads this, ask yourself,
When you were eating last night, that fancy delicious food on the fancy plates, were you thankful for it and did you think about the person that is spending his/her time hungry on the street? Eating food that is almost poisonous from the rot, the stench from that food AND THAT OTHER PEOPLE ACTUALLY EATS IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING ELSE? Where did your left overs go Mr President ? Was it thrown in the bin, fed to a dog or a pig or did you give it to somebody that was hungry.
Most of all, do you really care even if that person is hungry?
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