The ANC has failed us.
In the last few weeks, we have borne witness to a gruesome rape (World Headlines), the Rhino poaching saga (World Headlines), and now Oscar - Instant World Headlines. The sad thing is - the events surrounding Oscar Pistorius and Anene Booysen are events that mirror others just like them, multiple times a day...A DAY!
How can we be alive with possibility when we cannot save our heritage, protect the lives, rights and sanctity of our women, or live in a home where guns, private security, high walls and electric fencing are a necessity. And now without a shadow of a doubt, the rest of the world is fully aware of this.
"The U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security warns of the danger of Pretoria and other South African cities: "On a rating scale of low, medium, high, and critical, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town are rated 'critical' for crime."Citing South African Police Service 2011 crime statistics, the agency pointed out home invasion as a particularly violent crime that occurs "at an alarmingly high rate."In Gauteng Province, which includes Pretoria and Johannesburg, there were 7,039 home invasions reported in 2011, according South African police statistics."NBC News.com - On Oscar Pistorious.
" South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world.
Police figures show that 64,000 cases were reported last year."BBC News.co.uk on Anene Booysen
"South Africa has the highest number of reported rapes per head of population of any Interpol member country, with more than 64,500 reported in 2011/2012. Even when suspects are caught, only 12 percent of cases end in conviction and sex crimes seldom cause much public concern. India, with a population of 1.2 billion people, had 24,206 rapes reported in 2011. South Africa, population 50 million, reported 2.5 times that number of rapes in2011/2012."Wikipedia
The chimes on Talk Radio 702 are part of a campaign urging South Africans to identify perpetrators of rape that has become endemic. One in four females is raped here according to several studies, from months-old babies to 94-year-old grandmothers.The Times Of India.com
I am now so embarrassed to call myself a South African.
The rape and brutal murder of Anene Booysen shocked our Nation and the world. The ongoing desecration of human rights in South Africa had finally and tragically come to a head - unfortunately only after countless others before her. I still sit here and wonder if the media interest will eventually die, with public action following swiftly behind. Out of sight, out of mind - right? My utmost hope is that this will not be the case.
The destruction of our Rhino population with the kill rate exceeding 2 a day is shameful to say the least. Our natural treasure, one that will eventually be unrecoverable, is being taken by people who don't even call themselves South African. What should be something our children's great grandchildren will gaze in awe at, is fast becoming a footnote in a history book. Ceratotherium simum - The White Rhino - Extinct Circa 2013
The endless news feed of home violence, violent home invasions, families killed by a suicidal relative - these are very much a daily occurance in our news today.Just last week, friends of mine were robbed of their safe (A 400kg safe - taken from their home), containing all of their personal documents...their lives. The news about Oscar was just what we didn't need - we shocked the world in a bad way again...in the space of ONE WEEK! Within minutes, the world knew. Rumours abounded as to how this tragic event happened - He mistook her for a burglar and shot her. Much later it came out that this was more than like actually a tragic domestic spat gone horribly wrong. Yet the world still looks at my first quote from NBC. We are rated "Critical" for our infamous crime rate. Tourists are warned to stay away.
Yes, come to South Africa - our four biggest cities are death traps, we have no animals left to see on safari and you're going to be ripped off by etolls on our roads - but we want you to visit anyway...
(NOTE: While I understand that the story about Oscar is still up in the air, the damage has still been done. I am deeply sorry about what happened and sincerely hope that this situation changes for the better. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones)
While all of the above happens elsewhere in the world (as I am often told), not on this scale, and more often than not, the Government works harder to curb the violence. A country as advanced as South Africa, should not be in a situation like this.
This is why all of the above is the ANC's fault. Because it could all be prevented, or at the very least, be much, much, much less.
Our fat ministers get fatter, compete to see who can hold more lavish parties, who can own more bling. 100k holidays in the Maldives and shopping sprees in New York are commonplace.They constantly seek ways to enrich themselves at the expense of the taxpayer - that's me, the reader and the countless people we see everyday. And that's how everything has gone so terribly wrong.
Said taxes are paid for a reason - with the belief and hope that the money will go to training a decent police force, equipping them with functioning equipment andmaintaining existing equipment. Instead we have half a police force who cannot cope, since nothing works, there is a severe lack of positive work ethics in the workplace and no there is no supporting structure to back them. The other half is so corrupt and never actually working. They're just there to leach off the system.The SADF is not much better off, and this is why are struggling to protect our rhinos and our borders.
As a result, our crime runs rampant, arrests are far and few between, jail cells that cannot hold the prisoners and a justice system that does the ANC's bidding.
We've opened our borders to people with no records, who take our jobs, kill us, rape us, steal from us and destroy our heritage, conveniently untraceable, since they were not born here and they got through into SA as easy as I walk into a KFC.
Our resources are strained, services non existent, again thanks embezzlement and overpopulation.
Our education department doesn't know how to educate and gratefully accepts finances from the ANC to use as they wish.Textbooks meant to help learners reach their dreams are abandoned, not delivered, burned. Our pass marks are jimmied and free passes are handed out to get into university and burden the system at the expense of those who deserve to be there.
The ANC controls Telkom and Eskom, holding back data infrastructure sorely needed for the expansion and development of business and education, while ripping us off with insanely high electricity rates.We can't even meet the digital TV switch over...I suspect because the spectrum it would free up would allow Telkom's competitors to catch up.
Our fuel price continues to climb, etolls are sanctioned on us and the ANC constantly finds new ways to extort our hard earned and fast dwindling salariesto furnish their own lives - at the expense of our rights.
It's blatantly obvious. If taxpayer money went where it should, if the ANC actually cared about the country, the following would happen:
The SADF and police force would be effective, thanks to funding and equipment being readily available, proper training implemented, and a reignition of a child's dream to be a cop - To Protect and to Serve. Prisons would be expanded and overhauled - and the crime rate would drop.
Our education system would be overhauled, proper teacher training done and strict procedures would be followed and adhered to. Our Nation would once again grow wise.
Names that are not politically or historically insensitive would remain unchanged. The funds from costly name changes would be utilised better elsewhere.
We close our borders and implement similar visa practices to the USA and UK - Charity starts at home. If people want to live here, they need to work hard to earn and achieve it.
The correct training is done to those in the public service sectors. Facilities are renovated and built. Systems would be brought up to date with the rest of the world. Service delivery improves to 1st world levels.
Eskom and Telkom are relieved of their dictatorial roles and become one of many competitors in the country. Last mile infrastructure is opened to the public and development booms, prices drop and the quality of life improves. Jobs are created as new competitors step up.
As all of the above points take shape, the crime rate will drop as jobs become readily available and competing non nationals become fewer. Quality of workmanship improves as eduction levels rise. We once again will become the forefront of innovation and new technologies. Ex pats will come back home. Fences will drop, neighbours will be neighbours again and fear for one's life will be felt less and less each day.
But none of that will happen as long as the cancer of the fat idiots of the ANC and its puppies are in power. Their time is over. It is time for change.
Let's get the faeces-heads out of there. Let's take our country back. Let's not be embarrassed any more.
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