Shame on South Africans

2017-03-23 06:03

I TRY to be positive, however, it is very difficult when you decide to walk from your house to the beach and witness all the ugliness that humanity creates around you.

Firstly, the dumping along the way. Cupboards, garbage bags, waste building materials, bits of metal and so on.

I went across the main road to Martin Electronics and there are stompies and junk all the way down river and the river has not a bird in sight.

The bottle collection bin has been upended and hobos have extracted the bottles, which can have a deposit paid, but the broken collection bin and bottles are strewn around.

Down to the beach, the amusement park is no more and a walk therein reveals people sleeping in what was once a dodgem track.

I eventually get to the beach and the river has had a sewage spill, again, and the river has been opened to allow the sewage to dissipate into the sea. I have just made it and need the loo, closed. Why? “There is no water.”

I need to leak I do not need water. “Eish, no water.” Wimpy to the rescue. R50 later and two cups of coffee and a tip. Atop the lifesaver’s area you can espy our Olympic swimming pool, disused and a mess.

My gaze wanders to the beach and there is a granny, a young mother and a toddler trying to enjoy the sea and beach. The lifesaver’s flags are crossed. No swimming allowed or is it a cross to say “God help us?”

Up towards Checkers and more trash and taxis hooting and pushing you off the road and disregarding any rules of the road whatsoever.

To lunch and I stop to look at the sea and two old ducks with cropped hair and dyed purple get out of their car and open their drinks and discard their bottle tops and bottles on the ground. This with a bin not two metres away. Shame on all South Africans.

My daughter went to Cape Town with her husband over the weekend and said that they could not move for foreigners.

They did not witness a pothole, a tramp or anything unsightly.

I did not see any foreigner walking to the beach and back in Margate at all except for Nigerians and ex-pats.

DUDLEY DE KLERK

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