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The mind of the average South African

12 February 2013, 11:00

What is going on inside the mind of an average working South African?

Are our surroundings making a positive contribution on how we think on a daily basis, or are we simply taking one step forward, and ten steps back?

Rape – I feel like crying every time I see or hear this word. Most of us are aware of the most recent horrific incident that hit “our” country. How many victims will it take before we do something about this? I say “we”, because it does not seem like the people responsible for our safety are doing anything about it. According to statistics, a woman gets raped every 17 seconds. How is this even possible!! If you are not already a victim, then it is impossible to fully understand what these women go through.  Are we just going to ignore it until it happens to one of us or a close family member, maybe your wife or daughter? Guess what, by then it will be too late! Too all men who are reading this – Take a stand and protect the women around you. We are our last chance.

Finances – Where do I begin? Do you live on your credit card? I really do love my bank. Petrol, food, electricity, and E-Tolls are probably the most important bills for the average South African.

Petrol – Cycling is a growing sport in South Africa, maybe I should take it up as a forced hobby. Oh wait, there is no road infrastructure to support my hobby. I simply can’t risk my life in order to save petrol when I have a wife and 10 month old baby boy to take care of.

Electricity – Switching your geyser off during the day really does help. When I come home, I switch it on for about two hours. Thanks guys, these permanent increases are really improving our lifestyle. You go ahead and spend your bonuses on luxury cars and whatever else your heart desires.

Food – Smash, and a pork chop. Try sprinkling a few drops of lemon juice onto the chops while baking in the oven. That’s if you can afford the electricity. After baking, add salt and peppercorns. It’s a winner!! Remember, you don’t have to have a piece of meat on your plate that could feed your whole family. A piece about as big as your palm, is enough to fill you up. It is an adjustment, but it is doable. When you see bacon or cheese in the isle, just look away and sing your favourite song.

E-Toll – I won’t pay for that. Will you?

 Okay, enough about the issues the government are not working on. Let’s talk about crime.
Not only are we the rape capital of the universe, but the other crimes are right up there as well.
Most of are not aware of what is around us. I wonder how many killers I drove past today. How many rapists walked past me in the shopping mall yesterday when I went to buy milk and bread that cost me R30? It’s a scary thought isn’t it? Let’s all be more aware of what is going on around us. Try and be as safe as possible at all times. About a year ago I found a hand in my pocket. I hardly felt it, but when I did, I got such a fright that I twisted his arm and broke it. The security guards took it from there. You might think it is not that bad, but it is. It is time to wake up South Africa. Break the arms that try and ruin your life.

Now I know that there are many positive things in our lives. I just can’t think of any at the moment. About week ago I was driving home from work and a lady’s car broke down about 20 cars in front of me. A young chap behind her pulled over, got out, and started pushing her car out of the way for the other traffic. This doesn’t seem like much, but what makes this story so special is that the chap only had one leg. The other one was prosthetic. I felt so inspired when I saw this. Give that man a Bells.

Never the less, I felt good until I heard a loud beep on the radio station I listen to. Every time you hear the beep, it means another rape has been reported. Why oh why did this have to happen? Can’t one have a peaceful trip home after work? Damn you, you pathetic excuse of a human being. You have let the whole of South Africa down by committing this horrific crime. We are crying more than we are smiling. Please unite and fight the enemies.

As you can see, this can go on and on and on.

All I have got left to say is cry our beloved country.
It is time to face the facts South Africa.
I just told you what is going on in my mind. What is going on in yours?

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