Looking at a report by Sky News reporter, Alex Crawford, last night she started of by saying that "Women in South Africa...." and the bam she goes on "in the Eastern Cape...where high crime and unemployment are rampant...drinking heavily so as to get state benefits of R250 per child...etc,etc" you couldn't stop wondering why PE got singled out by her for this and was on the receiving end of such reports when clearly she said at the outset of her report that it was South Africa in general that was this,that and the other?
It's not just news reporters, but just 8 days ago an article appeared on News24 about a 40 year old grandfather who raped his 10 year old grandchild and as disgusting as that was,was it really necessary by News24 readers to post comments like:
"This is always bad in the Eastern Cape" or
"How does a 40 year old man have a 10 year old granddaughter,people in the Eastern Cape are ****ed up" or
"Only savages live in the Eastern Cape,no one else does" or
"Very normal behaviour in the Eastern Cape".
You see what I'm getting at by this picking up on these few comments? On the point of how a 40 year old man can have a granddaughter aged 10,England for example,a 1st world country, have reportedly had 17,577 boys aged between 12 and 14 years old that have become fathers,a recent study showed and that we know of because it was written about in the papers(www.thesun.co.uk/.../Dad-at-13-Boy-Alfie-Patten-13-becomes-father...). So it seems that people across the world have issues,not just PE or the Eastern Cape. And yet it just feels as if it always is worse than it really is when it comes to PE or the Eastern Cape when looking at what the jerks have posted in their comments.
It also seems that there's nothing more to it in PE or the Eastern Cape than headlines like these you read about on the South African notice board that is News24.It used to be comments like "This is Africa so what did you expect",but then somehow some other white South Africans that I know off spoke up and said we're also Africans,born and bred in the continent and we don't behave like this,does that make us "what did you expect" category aswell? After this was said,the "Africa what did you expect" comments seem to have gone back into the woodwork so to speak.
Even when the Eastern Cape got a 61.6% matric pass rate the badmouthing of the Province continued relentlessly. Here are what some have said:
"Hopefully Helen Zille will be pleased with that. Less educational refugees flooding the Western Cape"(60 thumbs up and only 2 thumbs down for that comment by the way).
"They'll be seeking refuge this ANC heartland of place known as the Eastern Cape"(As if everybody over there in PE vote ANC or are even interested in politics).
"Declare PE retarded"(Imagine that).
"The only movement in PE they know is bowl movements"(Wow)
So are the Eastern Cape bashing all to do with people directing their frustration the wrong way? Or is it more sinister than that? Why has Port Elizabeth become the recipient of such utter trash talking? Should people on forums like News24 change their trajectory perhaps? Medical science says "Anger activates your body stress response and wears you down physically". Would you agree with that? So it can't be good for your health this temptation to hurl insults. Spiral of negativities at anything Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape is like a person who holds hot coal in his hands ready to fire it at someone,only to discover he is burning his own hand already.
Charles Dickens literary masterpiece,A Christmas Carol,pointed out:"Before I draw near to that stone to which you point,answer me one question. Are these the shadow of the things that will be,or are they shadows of things that maybe only? Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends,to which,if preserved in,they must lead. But if the courses be departed from,the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me."
What one can deduct from that piece of literature is no place in South Africa is exceptional unless we as South Africans makes it exceptional with our comments of it. If we decide to make that the argument then we lose the richness and power of our country as a whole. South African exceptionalism it seems is :"Get out a retarded place".However, not everyone that's on the wrong path of life so to speak is blessed with the The Ghost of Christmas in Dickens's masterpiece.
So is it unfair on Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape this constant badmouthing of the place by everyone involved? The old saying is "If you can't say something nice,then don't say anything at all".So you decide. Unkind,nasty,spiteful comments about anything or anyone or any place is the perennial disappointment.
3.The Sun Newspaper.