The Blame Runner

2013-03-10 10:02

This week, OscarPistorius’ dad blamed the ANC for his son’s actions.

That’s South Africa for you: a white guy kills a white woman and then his dad blames the blacks.

It’s a matter of time before Pistorius Senior will blame the ANC for Hugo Chavez’s death as well. Of course, our comrades at the ANC immediately issued a statement on this.

I guess if you have service-delivery problems and you want a quick response, get Henke Pistorius to blame the ANC for you.

This is all getting silly.

Irony is a media blame frenzy between a family with 56 guns and a party that still sings Umshini Wami. Who the hell owns that many guns?

If they joined the PAC they’d say: “One settler, one arsenal.” South Africans like blame even more than we like shisa nyamas and sport.

Where does the buck stop?

Some would say the buck stops in your hamburger patty, but that’s a different blame story – part beef, part scapegoat.

There are some white people who think they are more affected by violent crime than black people. Shame, man. In their world, black people have ubuntu and white people have ADT.

Because, of course, the police service in formerly disadvantaged areas are so much better than in Silver Lakes, the Independent White Homeland where Oscar stayed.

I am sure the bakkie-dragging Daveyton police were just not mean enough for Henke’s neck of the woods.

Although, truth be told, Oscar’s detective had his own attempted-murder charges.

You know you live in Gauteng when even the policeman who arrests you for murder is facing attempted-murder charges.

And then we have the wonderful Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, who blames Calvinism and Afrikaans men for violence.

I suspect Lulu would like to tell us that cigarettes kill people because they are white. Never mind the fact that she herself just kidnapped her own grandchild.

She’s the minister for kids and she’s a kidnapper. That’s like the police commissioner being a criminal. Ok, bad example.

The point is that blaming in South Africa is nogal profoundly hypocritical. Look at the way the DA marched on Nkandla, but not Marikana. I guess gated communities are their area of expertise.

Or look at the way ANC deputy president and business tycoon, Cyril Ramaphosa, found the Lord in Rustenburg. Funny how he found the Lord and platinum deals in the same area.

Time magazine says our divisiveness is creating a culture of violence. Let’s ignore the fact that Americans calling South Africa violent is like Lady Gaga telling Beyonce she’s anorexic.

But Time got one thing right: if we are going to blame something, we should blame inequality.

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