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Potholes? It also happens in the UK!

31 March 2013, 09:15

The title to this article, a common answer among many South Africans to the following statement-I cannot take the state of the roads in this country, we pay our taxes and there are potholes everywhere!

Let me start off by saying, yes, I fully agree that there are potholes in the UK, and that there are powercuts (not load-shedding) in Australia, and that there is gun violence in the USA. But there are two points I want to focus on.

1.       I don’t live in the UK, Australia or the USA. I live in South Africa. Surely this kind of response is a mechanism for justification for living in this lawless society, with a Government that takes everything and delivers nothing.

2.        Power cuts in Australia-one incident and power is restored shortly after, I am quite sure that generator salespeople have gone out of business/In SA-generators save the day, all because we overpay for electricity, and once again, accept the consequences of an inadequate power supply.

·         Potholes in the UK, granted the people are fed up, and only time will tell when the Government will action a response/In SA-temporarily fix a pothole with a bit of concrete, which eventually leads to the whole foundation collapsing, instead of fixing it properly-but have the nerve to implement an e-tolling system to fund the repair of roads! Where the hell does taxpayers money go in this country?

·         Gun violence in the USA, majority of incidents make the news, and adequate punishment is in place, such as life in prison or the death penalty in certain areas/In SA, rape, murder, theft etc is so common that sometimes it doesn’t even make the news. As for punishment, a bribe will get you out on the streets again to carry on with your violent acts. (The rules, on paper-fantastic, in practise-absolute joke)

When I hear these responses from many people that I have contact with, I start questioning the reasons behind them. Is it because they feel insecure? I believe that this kind of response says one thing-people cannot accept this country for what it is, namely, a place that offers so much, has a climate beyond competition, but is also slowly but surely getting worse.

The news headlines could not be written better on the crime channel. Do me a favour, go read the top part of the homepage on many of those deal with petty to violent crime? But we continue to adopt the attitude of ‘ignorance is bliss’.

Todays headlines:

Domestic worker beaten with golf club

Body of KZN businessman found in river

Dad cries over body of dead girl, 3

Medical student raped, murdered in res

What really matters to me is safety-being able to feel safe in the city that you live in. Johannesburg is not one of those cities. If we ever want to brand ourselves as a 1st world city, and not ‘a world class African City’ as the Johannesburg City Council advertises, then two things need to happen.

Firstly, the ANC need to be taken out, by any means necessary. They have failed the entire nation. Secondly, law enforcement needs to be enforced (based on this stringest Constitution). This is the foundation to a safer, and more law abiding society. The amount of people that are above the law is growing rapidly.

Cue the haters and ignorance in the comments, but I truly believe that I have hit the nail on the head.

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