Thulani Gqirana

Dear President Zuma: We are exhausted

2016-11-11 09:27

Dear President Jacob Zuma, your cabinet, the government and everyone in between.

South Africans are exhausted. 

We can barely recover from one scandal, one shocking event, one resignation or reshuffle before we are thrown another, and it’s not getting better.

This year has been filled with a series of traumatic events and news that we have to spend the following week getting over, and on it goes.

We have had to deal with Brenda Fassie style “weekend special” leadership to “captured ministers”, all in the space of one year.

And then we were almost blinded by a “smallanyana” scandal of a minister caught in a compromising situation.

Not only that, we have to spend hours being unproductive while watching court case after court case, just in case the country disappears while we are 9 to five(ing).

No sooner had we dealt with the whiplash from NPA head Shaun Abrahams’s about turn on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s fraud charges, than we had to deal with a 355 page state capture report on a school night, without alcohol.

We are tired.

In fact, we need a trial separation from you, our judicial system and Parliament, just to recover.

We want to paint rainbows and play black tins and go home when the street lights come on, with nary a worry to deal with.

We have no more to give. We spend every day on the edge of our collective seats, waiting for the other construction worker style boot to drop. 

It’s been a tiring year. If 2016 were a person, it would need high risk insurance coverage.

There are no words that could describe the pain and suffering the average South African has endured this year.

But if it were a person, it would be that woman with the four-month-old dodgy weave trying to cross the road on a windy day, wearing a skirt. She has to choose one struggle: keep her hands on her weave to protect the nation from seeing her receding hairline, or let the world see her underwear.

Yes, if 2016 were a person, it would be that man with the cracked phone that shows only half of the text and just received a cash send pin the day before payday, and cannot access the money.

If we get through the next month and a half in one piece, we all need a survivor's chip. In fact, we deserve it.

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