I've lost count on all the times I've read a newspaper article about corruption and misuse of copious amounts of taxpayers money.
Each time I hear of corruption and how much money is unaccounted for, I look around me and start calculating in my head where that money could have been much better spent. Since South Africa has had a particularly violent start to 2013, my line of thinking automatically goes to hiring of more albeit more competent police men and women. It could be used to give them the proper training they need and perhaps buy more vehicles, newer equipment and upgrading the various precincts.
Another no brainer (excuse the pun) is education. This hemorrhage of money could be used to give our youth the best education possible. So many schools in South Africa could use with simple repairs, hell, electricity would be a great start!
Housing and basic services are also a huge problem in this country. Irregular tenders are being dished out left, right and centre, awarding companies closely aligned or linked to government officials. Meanwhile, these houses are falling down around the people that are living in them.
I could ramble on with a list longer than Malema's charge sheet but I think you get the point.
South Africa is in international news almost daily for all the wrong reasons. Yet our government are content to sit by and deny everything or think of new ways in which they can bleed the country dry.
The only positive that is coming out in apocalyptic South Africa is that people from every racial divide are finally getting onto the same page and realizing what the main problem in this country is; the corruption that has a ninja like death grip on SA.
Momentum is building where all of us (yes, even the previously apathetic whites), are standing up and screaming to be heard. While the powers that be don't understand is we are going to start talking in their language. We are going to get to a point where we starve them of the very thing that drives them - taxpayers money.
Why is it illegal if you don't pay your tax money when the people of South Africa who sweat away to give this money over don't see the benefit of it?
Why should any sane human being continue to pay for the running repairs of a broken thing when that money is blatantly being pocketed for the benefit of an elite and very corrupt few?
There's a saying, insanity isn't running into a brick wall repeatedly, insanity is expecting a different result every time you do.
So, why don't we as the hardworking, taxpaying citizens of this country, withhold our taxes until there is some form of commitment from the government to use it as it is intended and not to enrich themselves.
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