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01 May 2014, 08:30
What the hell is happening in this country? Reading the news is entirely depressing; it’s actually quite shameful how the current leadership is going out of their way to protect an obvious thief. They hide behind thinly veiled excuses and lies in an attempt to bury what everyone can clearly see (although lots choose not to…). Your smoke and mirrors shouldn’t work here! You surely can’t think that we are that dumb?

The reason behind this piece is not merely the news; I recently looked at my payslip and considered the amount of tax I am paying towards this thieving government. I also considered the amount of tax I’ll pay in the future towards building a better Nkandla. Being at a disadvantage with Zulu, I take it Nkandla means country as we certainly have ‘invested’ quite a bit of our hard earned money in this Nkandla already.

The whole thing that angers me is that even though the writing is on the wall, the people who financially fund these thieves are powerless to prevent what is currently happening, the voting power remains with those that benefit from our hard earned taxes. Not that I have a problem supporting the poor, the real problem is that they are growing in number and our support is not curing the problem by any measure. I suspect that they are ‘kept’ the way they are for a very devious but increasingly apparent reason. We’ve had 20 years to raise an entire generation of educated and strong members of society and yet there are still no textbooks in Limpopo. 

I cannot believe that in this day and age, we can have a person who is uneducated lead the country, his track record is all the proof we need. We need the kind of leadership that is focused, someone who has a clear goal for the country with the knowledge, team and will to achieve that goal; instead we have a cretin that cannot even deliver a decent speech, someone that is self-serving with a team that desires only personal enrichment. I think they are trying to steal enough before everything is gone but then again, when is enough ever enough. All I can say is, “only in Africa”.

We have and are currently witnessing the demise of our beloved Rand at an increasingly rapid rate, labour is becoming increasingly restless, foreign investors are scared, SA society is becoming more and more impatient. The more we pay the less value we are seeing and it won’t get any better under the current regime. It will reach a point where there simply won’t be enough to keep a lid on the poor, keep the middle class sort of content, and still have enough to steal, that’s the simple truth of the matter. I don’t need to spell out what will happen when we eventually reach that point.

I cannot safely say I support any political party, although the ANC on paper, in my opinion, is the best party. But as we may or may not know, practice and paper are clearly two very different things. What this leaves us with is a sour taste in our mouths, we know that we cannot vote for them because of their poor track record but who do we then vote for?

I draw dangerous lines between a certain radical ‘youth’ with a loud mouth, take all, and for free mentality and the former dictator of Uganda – be warned, this is no sort of solution, he is also a proven thief who is trying to save his backside from jail. I also cannot accept the rampant pilfering of public coffers, millions are not enough, billions have been, must be and will continue to be wasted and stolen.

As for the official opposition, I suspect that many do not trust them because of the colour of their skins as well as what part of their party stood for previously.  No matter how good the pudding in the Western Cape, some people simply will not support them, this is foolhardy and a ‘primitive mentality’ to have in my opinion.

We also cannot entirely blame the government for all that is wrong in our land, there is a lot wrong in SA society, things that have not been set right, imbalances and negative attitudes that work against change. Certain forces that enjoy this failure, desperately holding on to what they have, selfish individuals and groups that will not support the progress of this country. This is of course a topic for another discussion.

I appreciate some of the things we do have in this country, some of the things that the ANC led government has given us, things some might argue that were par for the course, a natural progression of things so to speak. Nevertheless, we still enjoy these things and the ANC has allowed us to abundantly have these.

I appreciate having the freedom to write this piece without fear of being removed from my house in the dark of night by some overgrown Neanderthal only to have a truck battery attached to my nether regions, I appreciate being able to stay where I’d like, associate with whom I please, go to any institution I’d like, move around our beautiful country unimpeded (let’s not start an E-toll argument). These are just some of the many examples of the things that some people have died for, things that were denied to so many in the past, things we were always supposed to have.

As we all enjoy the benefits of a free country, we should also be allowed to enjoy the benefits of progression, a chance to not slip into the dark holes that so many of our African neighbours have. We have been regressing for much too long, eventually we’ll start losing our hard-earned freedoms. So many of us are still victims of a system that was abolished over two decades ago, some are still being born victims daily and this is very, very wrong.

We need to catch this train and change its course before it’s too late, I’m not saying that the 7th of May will be D-day but let us use this opportunity to at least start the progress. I’d like to start seeing more positives in the news for a change…
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