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The Blameless South Africa

02 April 2014, 14:09

It did not come as much of a surprise for me when our honourable president expressly stated that he would not be paying back any portion of the money used on his house. His action seems to fit into the current state of our country, and so, it would be against the grain if he had agreed to pay anything towards work done at his own house. The current ‘status quo’ as it stands in SA is that one is never to blame, and as such, should never have to account to anyone or deal with any issues that seem to be pre-occupying the media’s attention. Zuma’s denial of wrong doing, simply affirmed what we as a nation are...

If we should go back in time to a certain soccer match between Zambia and the mighty Bafana Bafana in November 2012, we see a similar trend. Bafana and Zambia play it out on the pitch, we try and score, they move from trying to actually doing, and unfortunately it ends up in Bafana losing the game by 1 goal. Now instead of talking about the football skills of the two teams, about where Bafana did not play a good enough game, or of how we just could not seem to get that blasted ball into the back of the opponents net; some spectators decided that Zambia had just played too well and needed their bus to be stoned. Instead of having a go at our own team, the winners were attacked because they outplayed us! The issue was not that we were not good enough, but that they played too well!! It cannot be our fault can it? Never!! SA is blameless and the others are at fault being so good at soccer!!

Skip to an entirely different topic that seems to plague the great republic: foreign shop owners!! They seem to simply crawl out of everywhere and can be found in just about every location (place, not township) possible!! Coming in their droves from across the border, they invade the land, set up shops and sell items that people need to the people that need them. Outrageous!! How dare they think they can sell things here and get away with it?! Our bright and hardworking South African brothers and sisters complain that they are taking our jobs, creating jobs for their own family and selling things at cheap prices!! Again I say: Outrageous!! How dare they start up shops that make money and move the economy? How dare they only give jobs to family they trust? How dare they sell things we need at such cheap prices? So what do we do? We attack and loot and protest and scare!! Do we go and open shops of our own?? No, it’s their fault for wanting to make money through hard work. Do we create jobs for our own family?? No, the job must find my brother and sister. Do we lower our prices to compete with them?? No, they must increase their prices so that we can still make the same profit and get rich. Once again, it is not that we aren’t working hard enough, aren’t willing to help the economy by starting a small business, or that we are willing to be competitive in the marketplace. No!! They are the ones at fault for being business minded, making sure their own families are fed and providing lower prices that people want. SA is blameless and these foreigners are at fault!!

So now we end up with Nkandla… Zuma is a man for the people. Many people have said that he has a great personal impact on the one-on-one stage. Ask him to make a speech in English and things might get a bit tricky (it’s not his mother tongue remember). But place him in a crowd of impressionable people, and watch the legend move!! By being a man of the people, he obviously needs to stick to the general feel of the country, doesn’t he? Should he have considered the amount spent on his home? No!! It is the departments fault for not watching what was spent. Should he have prioritised other projects (much needed by the country) before the upgrades to his home? No!! It is the minister’s duty to prioritise where the money goes. Should he pay back a portion of the money spent to increase the value of his private home? No!! He did not ask for any upgrades to his home. It is the responsibility of those that requested the upgrades to account for costs… All he did was use his own private architect to design the house. And besides, it is the fault of the media for being so pre-occupied with his house… they are the problem right here. Not the ministers, not the departments, no, not even JZ himself is to blame.

So you see, being a man of the people, Zuma is forced into not paying a cent back… Blameless once again!! However, in this case, he just might be, it’s all these people around him that are to blame for allowing this kind of thing to continue…

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