Chester Missing: A steep climb to the moral high ground

2013-07-01 10:00

Last week, Jacob Zuma told us he is shocked at the living conditions in the poorer areas of Cape Town.

Wait until he sees Diepsloot, Umlazi and Nkandla. Sleepless nights for dayyyzzz.

This week, Msholozi told us South Africa is much better off than it was in 1994. He’s right, of course. But that’s like saying your sister is hot because she looks better than Bakkies Botha.

It’s a taste of the election rhetoric to come.

Even Kenny Kunene is writing letters to the president. His problem is not Zuma’s 700 unexamined corruption charges. It’s that his buddies, Juju and co, aren’t in on the action. It’s a new moral high ground when a guy famous only for using women as plates is upset because an allegedly corrupt guy isn’t loyal to other allegedly corrupt guys.

The battle for the moral high ground right now is around land.

I see the land issue as if your kid steals another kid’s toy, then you say that the other kid must wait until his mummy has cash to buy his toy back. The ANC and DA are fighting over who gets to be mummy, while we make ourselves feel okay by calling people “born-frees”.

How do you call a kid with no job and no chance of getting one a born-free? Is this free in the same way free-range chickens are free?

Do you know that 18 million South Africans don’t have proper toilets? Eighteen million!

So, obviously, what we really need to protest about are e-tolls. About 80% of the unemployed are youth. Does this mean Cosatu is an old age home?

The DA is pro land reform, as long as it doesn’t upset anybody, which is like having a porn channel where they just hug.

They use nice words like “equality” and “diversity”. Yup, Cape Town loves diversity, as long as it stays in Woodstock.

The underlying discourse is that poor people wouldn’t be poor if they just worked a bit harder. Of course, getting the DA to admit they sometimes think this is harder than getting your auntie to admit she farted.

The idea that we must change things but not wobble the applecart is most appealing to those who own the applecart.

Apparently, Agang has awesome rhetoric, but all I can see is yellow everywhere. I think they are hoping Cope voters will tick their box by mistake.

We need to be able to write rhetoric back at these politicians. Making a law against undermining the dignity of the presidency is backwards and ridiculous. He’s the prime offender.

Then again, let’s be Afrocentric: Barack Obama airlifted in 14 limousines; a blue light brigade that flies. That will blow some Gupta minds.

» Missing is a political analyst on Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on eNCA

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