PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Irukandji
 
Comments: 10
Article views: 348
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Irukandji's badges.
 

Silk purses and sows’ ears

23 February 2014, 20:44

So. You think that if the DA wins in the coming elections, all our problems will be a thing of the past? You do? Sorry to be the one to peepee on your parade – this is just not going to happen. Not at all. Never. Ever. And I’ll tell you why.

But first, I have a confession to make.

Last week, I fell off the stepladder while cleaning out the gutters. (Stop laughing, Sakkie! Callous bugger…) I fell in slow-motion because of my age. On my way down, I saw my misspent life flash before my eyes – in 3D, with full Dolby True HD 7.1 Surround Sound. And I heard a voice, like that of *Charlton Heston, saying: “Repent and confess, you evil old fart! Or you’ll fry twice.”

Luckily, I crash-landed on the lawn, with nothing impaired but my dignity. But I decided to confess anyway. You never know with a guy like Heston…

So here goes. I confess that:

Years ago, while I was a serving member of the SADF – in the days when we still had an effective and credible Defence Force – I attended a formal military dinner at my unit. Quite a nice affair; if you like a bit of pomp and ceremony without any ladies present. (Jeez, Sakkie! Will you stop laughing! Bloody pig…)

By custom and tradition, formal mess dinners are considered to be a parade, and as such, attendance is compulsory. Everyone dresses up in mess dress (black service dress, white shirt, and black bow tie), with miniature medals and insignia of rank. Spoggerig, boetie!

Our Officer Commanding (OC), a Colonel, had brought his four-year-old son along for the evening (his wife was in hospital, if I remember correctly). The little guy was what is known in Afrikaans as: **moerse stout. He was running in and out of the mess, screaming and shouting, making gun sounds with his toy pistol, knocking over glasses, upsetting the whole “formal” atmosphere – and generally making a nuisance of himself. Our OC obviously couldn’t control him.

For some reason this naughty little moer took a liking to me. He had found a huge snail, in the gardens outside the mess, and came over to show me his “find.” I told him that snails make wonderful pets, and that, if he holds it quietly for a while, the snail will peek out from its shell, and smile at him.

Voila! Peace and quiet! For about five minutes…

I was just feeling the excellent port, which we had after dinner, starting to buzz in my ears, when the little bugger was back.

“He still hasn’t come out. I want him to come out now!” he shouted in a squeaky voice.

And that was when the devil forced me to say: “Tell you what, Jackie, my boy. Go fetch some salt from a table in the mess, and fill up his shell with it. Snails love salt. It will come out smiling and laughing at you.”

Three minutes later he was back – holding the dissolving, green, snot-dripping snail’s shell at arm’s length.

“He’s not smiling! He’s not smiling! Whaa! Whaaa! Whaaaaa! Daddyeee!”

I was already ten paces away, talking to one of my friends – acting like I knew nothing about Jackie, his snail, or the salt.

I felt GOOD!

There. I’ve confessed. Now let’s get on with my story.

I read an interesting article by a guy who calls himself AntonB. Malema is supposed to be a taxpayer. News24, 23 February 2014.

AntonB gives an estimate on how many houses and schools could have been built with the money owed by Malema in unpaid taxes. And the grants and pensions that could have been paid to the people. In all, he explains (rightly so) that Malema has stolen the money from the homeless and the poor.

And then I read these two comments to the article:

Mphumudzeni Bright Siphuma: “there is q dat u r one of them,,and being idiot as u r,u can say what u want,but jullius remain our prisident and we r de for him.

Phutjane Tladi: “Ur such pathetic 24 news Agent send by devil to separate white and black.24 news ur r satan

There is a saying in Nayderlunch: U kunt een zijden tasje niet maken uit het oor van een zeug.

In a English this means: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

So what is my point? Simply this:

Mr Siphuma and Mr Tladi are typical examples of the vast majority of voters, public servants, and government officials, of this country. They are the people who are supposed to help run, plan, maintain, and care for the country and its future.

They are uneducated, unskilled, and unbelievably gullible. They have no idea of the complexities of running a country. They want everything for free. They demand, strike, and riot, at the drop of a hat.

Now here’s the thing: No matter who is voted into power at the next election – the Siphumas and the Tladis will still be with us. They will still demand, strike, and riot, at the drop of a hat.

The officials and public servants will still be corrupt and incompetent – be it ANC, DA, EFF, SACP, AgangSta, Cope, WTF+, or the Herstigte Nasionale Skelms.

There will be no silk purses.

But there will be plenty of sow’s ears.

And believe me. I know what happens when you pour salt into a sow’s ear...

*Charlton Heston – he was Moses before he became an actor

**moerse stout – mischievous

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
CandK
The pearls of an Atheist Easter

I have an extended family that are Christian, and we are not talking the love they neighbour, forgive your mates and do the right thing, of the good old bishop Tutu kind. Read more...

147 comments 1426 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
The colour of corruption

The word "corruption" is without doubt the most (ab)used and politicised word in South Africa.  Read more...

37 comments 757 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
Who is watching the watchdog?

The late chief justice Pius Langa once averred: “I think judges should have a thick skin. We work in public, we give our judgments in public, and we give reasons for those judgments." Read more...

6 comments 255 views
Submitted by
Narian Chengiah Naidoo
A Civilized Society

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society." Those words carry value and meaning only if "civilized" is understood as being good, happy and beneficial to all citizens. Read more...

7 comments 559 views
Submitted by
Rodney Bevan
SA under Zuma

Jacob Zuma, along with a handful of cronies has single handedly almost destroyed the country, its people and its economy. Read more...

38 comments 2961 views
Submitted by
The Fox 5366
Illegal Miners: Voiceless Prostit...

There's been a lot said about legalising prostitution so that prostitutes can be protected, receive healthcare and not be victimised. Read more...

11 comments 709 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Digital Media & Marketing Association
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.