Kgomotso Matsunyane

The 10 things I hate about life

2008-01-24 08:54

Kgomotso Matsunyane

Unsolicited and unavoidable advertising. I was minding my own business driving the other day when the side panels of a van started moving up. What appeared was an ad for something or other. Five seconds later, another ad. It seems like these days I can't even go to the can without something being shoved down my throat. Are there no sacred spaces any more?

Drivers who don't turn their lights on when driving in the rain. Jo'burg is experiencing rain of apocalyptic proportions, and bad drivers as we are already it boggles the mind when morons don't turn their headlights on so the rest of us can see them clearly and thus avoid unnecessary carnage.

Xenophobia. A mother and her child were killed in an apparent revenge attack in an informal settlement in Pretoria. Immigrants from Africa make for very easy targets, especially in impoverished communities where people are so frustrated by government's ineptitude that tensions erupt easily.

Embassy officials whose sole purpose is to humiliate people. Unfortunately this seems to be a world wide phenomena. I'm yet to visit a friendly embassy, ever, and believe me I've travelled a fair bit in my time. Dude, you're a bored, boring and underachieving paper pusher. Talk about a little power going into people's heads.

Sistas with weaves. I know, I know, it's a petty and silly prejudice, but I really can't help it. You don't honestly think anyone thinks it's your own hair, do you?

People who sms while driving. Need I say more?

Parents who let their little girls wear high heels and "sexy" clothing. Children have no agency to deal with sexuality, why on earth would you as the parents encourage them? Sexuality is difficult enough for adults to navigate, our kids hardly need the baggage. Yes, they demand it after they see it on TV, but you're the parent and you should know better.

Mob psychology. Tell me one good thing that came out of angry commuters burning six trains in Tshwane this week? The result was a suspension of train services the following day, and complaints by the very arsonists that they don't have money for taxis and buses. Worse still, (for a change) it was not Spoornet's fault the trains were late ? it was Eskom's load shedding fiasco. After several such incidents in the past I sincerely hope there are cameras in the station that can be used to identify the thugs and prosecute them accordingly. But I have a funny feeling that would just be asking for too much.

Lack of leadership. I ask you comrades, who the hell is running the country right now? A country cannot be run by committees. What we need is a firm leader who will hold her appointees responsible and deliver on the government's promises to the proletariat. Is that too much to ask?

And lastly, I've just about had it with female singers who declare their virginity, only to flash us their cherries in paparazzo pictures. Britney, Kelly, is it absolutely necessary? Between Kelly's legal woes and Britney's spectacular public mental and emotional breakdown, I've seen just about enough. Some things should just be kept away from public eyes.

  • Kgomotso Matsunyane is a partner at TOM Pictures, an award-winning FILM & TV Company in Jo'burg.

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