It always surprises me that relatively sane people can keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. I speak, of course, of the populace of this, our beloved country. Alan Paton would not cry, he would howl!
In Gauteng alone there have been two service-delivery protests a day since the year began. And yet, come May 18, they will vote for them again, on the spurious reasoning that, if they aren’t in power, they cannot change anything.
They remind me more than a little of Wile E Coyote. No matter how many times he fails to catch the road-runner, and no matter how devastating the injury to his person (coyote?), he never gives up. So, in a very surreal, tragi-comic sense, we’re trapped in a Roadrunner cartoon.
For all of us taxpayers, we know the penalties for tax-evasion. Unless you’re Jacob Zuma, in which case it’s a R3000.00 fine and, in the case of Julius Malema, if he pays his back-taxes, he can go to Parliament.
In the immortal words of Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist, ‘The law is an ass!’
Here, not only is the law an ass, but it’s enforced by asses, put in place by asses and is presided over by an ass. The abovementioned ass, by the way, is also a fugitive from the law and, should he end his reign as chief ass, will face prosecution.
This, of course, will not happen because, even if he is voted out, no-one short of the SAS is going to get him out of Nkandla. Helen Zille can tweet and dance and toyi-toyi all she wants, but he ain’t goin’ nowheres!
Now I was, for a long while, a great admirer of Helen Zille, who I really thought could be our very own Margaret Thatcher, but Margaret Thatcher did not walk around with double-barrelled shotguns constantly pointed at her feet with her own finger on the trigger.
Our Helen does. Just when the ANC has proven, even to the people in the townships, that they cannot be trusted and voting for them is suicide, literally, Helen does an on-screen smooch with saddle-blanket lady, and there goes her credibility.
Then they indulge in a peaceful, legal march to Beyers Naude Square, showing the ANC up in the worst possible light, and what does she do? Goes on a Twitter rant against a journalist! No matter what journalists say about politicians they, the politicians have no cause to complain. I’m sighing here, but it’s in parenthesis, so you can’t hear me.
I sometimes daydream of a military coup, where the officers and men of the old South African Defence Force, real soldiers, with real discipline, have overthrown the elected Government, but that would never happen, because these men swore an oath to the country and its constitution. It’s nice to dream though!
If Helen Zille was so desperate for someone with struggle credentials to head up the party for the elections, she could have done a lot worse than choose someone from within her own ranks: Patricia De Lille, the only woman with bigger balls than her. This was the woman who, it will be remembered, told Helen Zille to butt out of the affairs of the City of Cape Town because while she was the Premier of the Western Cape, she, Patricia De Lille, was Mayor of Cape Town.
She’s a Capie: she backs down for no-one. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out her front teeth were false, she’s got so much chutzpah. I’m waiting for the day she vloeks them as only a Capie can. I’ll applaud, and so will millions of others, because she has the courage of her convictions and the single-mindedness that a good leader needs.
A user (not that kind of user!)constantly complains about the corruption in Knysna, which is a DA enclave. You would be hard-pressed to find any similar level of corruption in Cape Town, except amongst the ANC faithful, but then they’re corrupt, no matter where they are.
The son-in-law of a friend works in Helen Zille’s office as a Forensic Auditor and, anytime any shady dealings are uncovered, that person is investigated, fired if found guilty and prosecuted. Which goes to show that the DA are serious about fighting corruption.
In Knysna, however, that does not seem to be the case. I don’t live in Knysna, so I’m going by second-hand information here, but is seems corruption and nepotism are rife.
In nearby George nothing of the sort occurs. I know this because I know people living there. The same in Mossel Bay and Plett, so why does Helen Zille allow it in Knysna? It really is extremely puzzling.
Nevertheless, come May 18, I’ll cast my vote for the DA, because there’s no realistic alternative, and should Helene Zille mouth off about things that should not concern her, I trust Patricia De Lille will take out her front teeth and say, ‘Djou ma se moer!’