I do believe that the ANC government are finally getting hit where they can least afford it – in their collective pockets – and I’m chuckling to myself as I write this.
The current leadership of the ANC have really lived it up these past couple of years, spending freely and indulging themselves to the absolute limit. First class world travel, extensive “fact finding” trips, seats at World Cups, Olympics and any other event they could think of, top of the range homes in exclusive areas, the most expensive cars that money can buy, dining and drinking expensively - even residing, sometimes for months on end - at the best establishments.
They have ensured that their families and even friends have benefited extensively from their positions by way of private schooling and with “tenderpreneurship” they have opened the way for many – if not all – to become wealthy beyond their dreams.
They have been living life lavishly with bodyguards and cavalcades of blue lights to escort them when they have to step out of their luxurious surroundings and perhaps mingle with us peasants.
Generally they have really had a lot of fun and have now proved beyond doubt to everyone that they can indeed live it up with the best.
Ah yes, life is good when you are one of the elite, one of the royalty in South Africa where the people stand in awe of your serene comings and goings.
Amidst all this joviality they are now discovering, to their absolute consternation it must be said, that the people who made this all possible – us stupid taxpayers who work hard, all our lives, for our families and our moderate lifestyles – are no longer willing to just cough up continuously, especially when they attempt to foist upon us more expenses which we didn’t ask for - like their e-tolls, their stupid youth league and it’s even more stupid leadership and their wanton, spendthrift ways.
After years of excess in every which way they suddenly can’t understand why we are unhappy with their continual attempts to place good-for-nothing buddies in high places and why we no longer wish to tolerate misrule, maladministration, corruption and nepotism at the highest level.
How does it feel, ANC, to now discover that we don’t all love you, that we’re not all willing to just continue, mindlessly, giving you our hard-earned cash?
How does it now feel to discover that we – the taxpayers – are the ones who actually control what’s in that purse, the strings of which you manipulate so easily and thoughtlessly?
Did none of you ever realize that at some point we’d say, “No, no more”?
The cities are no longer interested in your attempts to host more “world class” events like the 2013 AFCON, the people are no longer interested in your e-tags, or e-tolls, your SABC, your free spending habits, your attempts to circumvent the law, your poor excuses and your attempts to take, take and then take some more from us just so that you can continue living the life you’ve dreamed of.
You’ve loved the partying, you’ve loved the elevated social lives we’ve enabled you to have for so long now and you’ve really enjoyed believing that this master-slave relationship you’ve so carefully cultivated with us mere mortals – us tax-paying mortals – would last forever.
Well, it’s over and we’re not going to do it anymore.
Not until you show us that you too are willing to go that extra mile, like you expect us to. Not until you provide us with law and order, transparency, cost effectiveness, efficiency, schools, hospitals, maintenance of structures and infrastructure.
Not until you get off your high horses and out of your luxury cars and homes and walk once more amongst the people and see how we live and what we want.
We’re no longer interested in what you want – you have it all. Now we want what we want, what you promised, and that doesn’t seem to be going down so well.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?