Even if you don't have the sharpest memory, you will never forget 03 December 2013. This day will go down in the history of our lives as the day that poverty was amplified to the core. On this day, the ANC-led government ensured that e-tolls take effect, despite the public outcry to have this evil system scrapped.
It really was a sad day when the government that claims to cater for the poor masses, whom when they are too excited they call them 'our people', decided to set dogs of poverty on them. In a country of high unemployment rate, chronic poverty and poor service delivery, how on earth did the government resolve to introduce e-tolls?
If people can't afford to buy bread, how are they going to afford the economic costs that will arise from this e-toll project? President Zuma may have said that poor people won't be affected by these e-tolls since they use public transport, but every man in his right state of mind will agree with me that the e-tolls go beyond just paying the freeway tariffs.
Truth is, even if you don't own a car, you will be indirectly affected by the e-tolls as prices of food and other basic human needs will also go up. By allowing the e-tolls to go on, contrary to the condemnation it received from various structures and stakeholders, our government has officially declared poverty to the already impoverished masses.
The sad part is that the e-tolls will benefit a foreign company while the majority of our people are drowning in the pool of abject poverty. What kind of a government acknowledges that there is high rate of unemployment and extreme poverty in the country it governs yet go on to milk its people of the little that they have? How do you ask people to vote for you, promising them a better life only to change your tune and make them pay for those services you promised them? The ANC may have been the party that freed us from apartheid but they are no longer the party for the people.
How do you remove a plant that was struggling to grow in the middle of rocks, plant it in fertile soil and as it starts showing signs of growth and adaptation, you use hot water for irrigation? Our government is the architect of poverty. I am not one person who says I won't vote because I am angry, I will just vote for change. There is always a way out. Let us go to the voting stations next year to clip the wings of these heartless fat-cats.
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