Babies expecting warm bottles of milk, the other young and the elderly accustomed to a hot cup of coffee in the mornings all woke up to a whole new reality today, with the last of our electricity cables being stolen on Saturday night, only the freezing cold was there to greet us. Initially we blamed Eskom and that untelevised game show, “The Reverse Apprentice”, where certain companies run a race to see which one will be the first reduced to nothing through incompetence and inefficiency.
By all accounts, Eskom Did actually surge ahead of the chasing pack this week and will continue to do so throughout winter – Eskom is staggering about from side to side as someone said, ‘like a drunken sailor at midnight knocking on all the doors at a red light district’.
It was a freezing Saturday night when some people slowly made their way to the road to lament the state of things, their toddlers quivering at their sides or fastened tightly with blankets on their weary parents’ backs, they, the adults, and some of the toddlers lit cigarette after cigarette, folded and unfolded their arms a hundred times to keep the cold at bay until eventually it dawned on them that complaining thus in the middle of the night was doing nothing and nobody any good, least of all the geriatric bones of the elderly, so they all trudged along the same pathways that brought them into the road, slowly, muttering under their breaths something about the futility of it all.
I remained in bed with the torch I have, given to me for free at China Mall after I’d bought a key ring, placed between my teeth in the dark, arms extended, and made plant, and animal shadow shapes on the ceiling above, not being an expert on plants or the many animals in this world, I did not know most of the animals or plant shapes I made, kept me busy until I drifted off to sleep though.
Plenty good came from there not being electricity, Blackberries’ were put down with there being nothing to charge them with , real conversations took place through icy breath, adults were able to determine (albeit through foggy silhouettes) how fast their kids had grown.. and remarked as such to nobody in particular or to those who cared to listen instead of tucking into warm beds.
On another note ---- sorely hated by those who are against me expressing more than one thought at a time --It’s almost as if time stood still last week, toddlers were fetched late from kindergarten, dinners were left uncooked or undished, school kids’ homework was neglected just like in those movie scenes that show earth after the apocalypse - the Gupta’s had arrived.
Sensing that we had grown accustomed to their guesswork, hints and false innuendo’s, the rightwing media, fed us dollop after dollop of fresh dung frequently and regularly which we happily mopped up without a single question.
We South Africans were at our dramatic best working ourselves up into knots of twisted anger, spitting venom over the newfound realization that an Indian family no less, actually “owned” us, headline after headline screeched into overdrive as the pressure mounted on the President to come out and admit that it was he, not the many people under him tasked with such things, who held a gun to airport security to allow his best friends access and a police escort to Sun City.
We flung all logical reasoning out of the window with not a soul even thinking of looking to first obtain the real facts - the media turned us into an angry, bitter mob and all that was left was for us to march the Gupta’s around the town square screaming. “crucify them! crucify them!” – were the Gupta’s the Only wealthy family to believe themselves above the law? Were there in fact Indian Government Ministers’ on board and were the Gupta’s the Only private citizens who had ever landed a plane at Waterkloof?
The reporting was as pathetic as I’ve come to expect, it was like the NBC and CNN type of reporting all rolled into one. President Jacob Zuma as I’ve already mentioned before, has not proven himself as the best South African to lead the country, that being said, does not justify the weird behavior displayed last week, no wonder the Zambian Vice-President said most South Africans are backwards, perhaps he has a valid point.
If I were to be arrested for ignorance, not even the best lawyers would be able to prove me innocent of the charge.