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Seriously, folks...

15 July 2012, 14:59

I continue to be amazed at the remarkable political insight our president has, his profound utterances truly the mark of somebody not only out of his depth but, hopefully, at the end of his political career.

That the man can state, at a communist party gathering, that many South Africans don’t understand democracy and need to be “educated” is literally beyond comprehension, even for one as poorly educated as he. Whom did he believe he was addressing?

Whoever writes his speeches obviously has a massive job on his hands attempting to correlate what the man is thinking with what he’s liable to say. He truly deserves his pay cheque at the end of the month, not a job I’d undertake.

That the above was said, on the same day that it was announced that his police minister wasn’t aware that state funds – read taxpayers money – was used to build a wall around his property and his education minister denied responsibility, or blame, or even accountability, for her action – read inaction – with regard to the on-going education crisis, leaves me stupefied.

Do these people really believe that we are that stupid, that uninformed, and that ignorant? Do they think the public, taxpayers particularly, now believe anything they say? Surely they cannot, can they?

Seriously folks, these people shouldn’t be allowed outside unaccompanied, let alone let loose on the public. They are not only a danger to themselves; they are a bloody menace to all of us. I’m not surprised that some people actually believe many in our ruling party are in fact comedians, given their actions, their statements and their thought processes. They definitely talk the talk, and walk the walk.

Can this charade get any worse before everything crashes, before somebody decides that SA has become a loony bin and that we all deserve to be taken away by the men in long white coats? We’re literally becoming the laughing stock of the world and it’s probably time for us to start wearing T-shirts that say, “Kick me, I’m (with) stupid”.

Will we get to the point where investors – even the Chinese with their dream of world domination – turn their backs on us and write us off as another banana republic that cannot be redeemed?

If the electorate of SA again elect such bumbling fools to parliament then we will have to acknowledge that the dumbing-down of SA has succeeded beyond even the ANC’s wildest dreams. We will be written off and we may as well then discard our western clothes, cars and way of living and go back to living in caves, chasing wild animals with spears and grunting – as many in parliament seem only capable of doing already.

I used to think - actually right up until Friday – that nothing can surprise me anymore but I can now honestly say that, with the ANC in power, every day brings new surprises. Not welcome ones, mind you, just mind-blowing surprises that have me shaking my head as if I’m experiencing some hitherto undocumented reaction to a very bad acid trip.

I would hate to know what actually goes through the heads of Zuma et al, I really would. I don’t think anybody could account for that kind of confusion in somebody capable of walking and talking at the same time.

This brings me to the serious part of this article – the actual people to blame for this unwholesome mess which SA has now landed in.

We’ve become accustomed over the years to expect weird and woolly thinking, and actions, to come from the ANC and unfortunately we have become blasé about most other things too – crime, corruption, nepotism, spending sprees and spin doctors.

We spend an inordinate amount of time blaming the ANC for all these ills, as are now too their followers as evidenced by the continuing service delivery protests. However, they are not to blame – we are.

Would you, as an adult, give your car keys, or your credit cards or cheque book, to your children just because they demand them? No you wouldn’t, but we – the electorate – did just that and now we’re complaining because they have mucked it up.

If you – as an adult and a parent - submit to your children and give in to their demands – probably for some peace and quiet, as we’ve all done – you undoubtedly then also put plans in place to prevent them losing the plot, spending freely and running wild. You give them a set of rules and guidelines to adhere to and should they transgress, all deals are off and punishment becomes applicable.

We didn’t do that – we simply gave them the keys to the vault and then ignored them, knowing full well that they were incapable of performing, and with no rules or guidelines in place. What did we expect?

I have seen the real Africa, the “liberated” Africa of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and others - too many to mention - where the ruling elite roar around the country in their cavalcades, on pot-holed and crumbling roads, with sirens blaring and outriders clearing their path, where the populace stare at them as they pass with weary, downcast eyes and then turn again to doing what they can to survive – petty thievery and the hawking of vegetables, toys and cheap Chinese goods, where the children beg, and starve, where nothing works and where everything is falling down and decaying. Ring any bells yet?

Do we really want to go down that dark and forbidding road of despair from whence there is no return? If we don’t turn this around that’s exactly where we are going.

Personally I cannot believe that there are no people left in SA able to manage and govern. They could not all have joined the brain drain, or retired, or passed on. There have to be academics, business leaders, even politicians, who are still around and still capable and if that is so then why are they not creating an effective opposition, or even a solid block of voters – across colour lines, across every strata of SA’s society – to put an end to the meaningless and aimless wanderings of the ANC?

Such people – the intelligentsia - do still exist in SA, of that I am certain, and it’s about bloody time they now came to the party – as adults and parents – and stopped this descent into madness, chaos and anarchy. If they don’t then things can only get worse, much worse, and none of us need that.

It is unsustainable for any government to continue buying votes – via grants, jobs-for-pals and cadre deployment – whilst loading the cost thereof continuously onto a dwindling number of taxpayers. They will eventually run out of money, and then what? Will the grants become porridge, maize, milk powder and Chinese electrical goods?

If the ANC cannot govern with accountability, responsibility and foresight then this is all going to end very badly and they need to be stopped before that point of no return is reached.

We will all be blamed by our descendants should SA become another failed state, and deservedly so, but the intelligentsia will undoubtedly be apportioned a greater share of this blame should they not act speedily now and curtail this wanton destruction of a country.  It’s their duty.

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