This Picture Sucks

2016-05-17 07:24

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Koos Kombuis

Look at this picture.
Look at the face of the man in the middle of this picture.
Look at that face, and be afraid. Be very afraid.
Look at that face, and know:
That face is the face of our worst nightmares.
Our nightmares have now come true.
Because that man is the enemy of our country.
And that man, believe it or not, is seemingly unbeatable.
For some unfathomable reason, that man is impossible to remove.
That man, that invincible man, that unremovable man, sits at the centre of the government of our country like an ulcer in a stomach, like a black hole at the centre of a galaxy.
And, like a black hole, the more we hurl stuff at him, the more we insult him and try to budge him, the more powerful he becomes, the more he simply swallows up everything around him, and the bigger he gets.
That man, who is behaving exactly like a black hole in space, is sucking as dry like a black hole in the middle of a galaxy does to everything that surrounds it.
He is destroying us from the inside out.
He is milking our resources.
He is eroding our self-respect, our respect for our government, our trust in the mechanisms of our democracy.
Like a giant self-satisfied chunk of nothingness, he sits there, he just SITS there, smirking at us, mocking us...yes, he SITS there, and while he SITS, he gathers more and more people and things and stuff into his sphere of influence. He eats everything, and spews nothing out. He gets fatter, and fatter, and the fatter he gets, the heavier he becomes, the more impossible to push out of the way.
Oppose that man, and you get drawn into his sphere of malignant influence. Get to close to him, and you run the risk of disappearing inside his event horizon, and becoming part of his cynical, dark world of deceit.
Many men have tried to slay that man. Many men has approached that black hole. Many men have either faltered and run away, screaming. Others have been obliterated into a dumb silence.
Even Cyril Ramaphosa holds his peace as he orbits this monster. Even Pravin Gordhan maintains a cautious silence. Even the Gauteng branch of the ANC has somehow been somehow coerced into a morose, sullen show of reluctant loyalty to this man.
How does he do it?
Why does he do it?
For how long will he keep on doing it?
Is there no relief from the dead weight of that man’s corrupt soul? Is there no escape from the clutches of this immense, all-pervading web of lies, upon lies, upon lies, which he is continually weaving around himself like a deathly shroud?
Where will it end? Must we wait until he has swallowed up our entire country? Will he only stop once there is nothing left to devour? No government, no rule of law, no respect, no dignity, no civilized norms, no infrastructures, no schools, no police force, no democracy, no courts of law, no free and fair elections… and, alas, no money?
What did we do to deserve this fate? Who created this monster? Who put him there? Why can’t we take away what had been put there? Who did this to us?
Just look at this picture, folks.
Look at this picture, and know:
This picture is a picture of mindless, never-ending, self-perpetuating orgy of theft and greed.
This picture sucks.
Note to the reader: the term "black" as used in this column is part of the scientific concept "black hole", and is not intended as a reference to anyone’s race or ethnicity.

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