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We are heading for the biggest disaster

07 June 2014, 10:48

We are indeed heading for the biggest epidemic disaster we have ever seen and or witnessed!

The newly elected Parliament has not even been officially convened, and another ‘cadre’ had to be rewarded, maybe due to the fact of she being a woman, or maybe by the mere fact that she hails from Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The leader of the NPP in Kwa-Zulu Natal has indeed just been appointed and will be sworn in, especially, as the new Deputy Minister of Science and Technology with Naledi Pando being the Minister of the Portfolio.

The parliament already consists of 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers and now another deputy is added to the list.

The expenditure in respect of the Parliament alone already exceeds R 1 billion, that is One Thousand Million Rand, yet the President in his wisdom decided to make it even bigger.

We seem to be heading into a situation where positions in Parliament are becoming ‘reward positions’ and not being appointments that are necessary and deemed as vital to good governance and administration.

The noble gesture of some Minister that is not demanding to be supplied with the two new vehicles that they are entitled to is a mere publicity stunt on their side, just to manipulate the citizens of this country, to think that they really care.

Joyce Banda replaced all the Ministerial vehicles in Malawi with basic vehicles, and at the time of elections, lost her mandate of being president of the country. Even efforts to have the elections considered as irregular, was frivolous, and she just had to concede to the loss.

Our Parliament compared to developing countries in the world is percentage ratio wise, totally unbalanced where countries with economies ten times out size, have less ministers and or deputies in parliament.

An ironical fact is that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, an economy that is considered to be one of the biggest five in the world, does not have his own personal jet, and when he has to travel uses the official carrier (British Airways). Even Germany, another of the big five economies, Andrea Merkel, do not have her own personal jet; she travels on official visits in Lufthansa, the countries national carrier.

Yet here in South Africa, with an economy that is bordering on recession, we have a President with his own luxury jet, and if talk were to go on, he is due to be receiving and even more luxurious jet in the very new future at a cost exceeding R 1 billion (that is one thousand million rand). Extravagance par excellance to say the least!

We seem to have our priorities all mixed up, and parliamentarians suffering from short term memory loss.

During the campaign process that leads up to elections, promises are made to the citizens of the country, that their needs, would be attended to as a priority, yet ashamedly once the elections are done and dusted, the only thing that matters, is parliamentarians own personal greed and need.

Long forgotten those promises that they made, of a  better life for those on the ground, it is a question now as to how much they can personally benefit in this term of office
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