I heart Jozi – SA’s ‘Arab Spring bubble’ about to burst

2011-10-21 07:58

There is an energy bubbling in this country that both excites and terrifies the little revolutionary in me.

This energy lingers in the undertones of our conversations and is slowly turning the frustrations of unemployed youth into anger. It is an energy that seems to indicate that a South African version of “Arab Spring” may be approaching sooner than we expected.

Over the past weeks, I have read of how irregular and wasteful spending by the government has soared:
1. The Public Works Department can’t account for R2.1 billion.

2. The SA Post Office has admitted to an irregular expenditure of R425 million, and fruitless and wasteful expenditure of R19 million.

3. The Department of Health (yes, the very same one responsible for implementing the R255 billion National Health Insurance) incurred irregular expenditure of R5.7 billion in the last financial year.

4. The ever-absent President Jacob Zuma spends R170 million on revamping his house.

All in all, a grand total of R21.1 billion has gone to waste at the hands of our leaders, with little hope for any decisive action to be taken.

As you may be aware, we are all still waiting for Bheki Cele, Sicelo Shiceka and Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde to go through the fitting disciplinary processes.

At first I thought it was just my circle of friends and acquaintances who were feeling desperation and anger after every news report.

However, now I hear the same sentiments in conversations I have with my grandmother and her friends; with the taxi driver who asks me what happened to the party that fought so hard for him to be free; and in a group of students who see very little value in studying, looking for the fastest route to securing a tender.

When a livid Archbishop Desmond Tutu told the ruling party to watch out, many jumped to the ANC’s defence while the rest of us were happy that one man stood up to the government and said what needed to be said.

Those who liberated this country cannot be the very people who enslave it. Inevitably, they will face the same wrath of millions as the apartheid government did.

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