It seems the raised profile of SA's politicians goes hand in hand with raised paranoia.
We have all come to expect a Julius sideshow at any political event that garners TV coverage with the annual SONA address being a prime example. This year; CR neatly sidestepped any potential heckling from the EFF thug brigade by addressing Juju directly and publicly and forcing him to chuckle on camera.....well done CR.
But this publicity hog wouldn't be outdone; a quick "assassination attempt on EFF's CiC"(sic) was hatched and the thug mentality was let loose to assault male and female security staff... to Juju's immense credit he decided on gender equality and he assaulted a woman... well done Julius, you got your press.
The winds of change blowing through our politics have emasculated the EFF's intimidation tactics and the poor fellow is struggling to retain the limelight and to remain relevant; he's now forced to jump at imaginary shadows and plots to get any sort of exposure or look-in. His paranoia is also rubbing off on his henchmen and I'm sure they are all figuratively walking blindfolded through a minefield; expecting imminent action from the new NPA head, Shamila Batohi.
It must be a drain on their fortitude waiting for the courts to serve them with notice to account for his "On-Point" corruption; the VBS looting chapter and their patronage exposure with the Gauteng fleet lease scheme.
The daily exposures of corruption in the ranks of our politicians makes one realise that most, if not all our public servants and politicians are involved in some sort of self-enriching scheme or corruption which explains the sharp increase in all our politicians paranoia; they don't know when their shenanigans are going to catch-up with them.
Shame... to live under that constant threat of the past catching up and the exposure; it must be unbearable which is why they're all paranoid and jumping at real or imaginary shadows.
This in turn throws the spotlight on the 1,011% escalation in VIP protection costs over the last 18 years against the cumulative inflation rate over the period of only 214%. The paranoia of exposure in public life carries a very hefty price tag indeed. The Zupta and Bosasa gravy trains have been exposed; it's now time to expose and cleanse the government's "tailor made for patronage" and cloaked in secrecy VIP protection scam.
VIP protection entered our public discourse in 2001 with a modest budget of R 203 Million. VIP protection in 2018 cost R3 billion and in 2019 will cost R5.2 billion. Since 2001 the public purse has paid out more than 18 Billion on this scam that employs an army of 6 500 guards. Each of the 137 homes they guard has 24 guards. Each VIP being protected has six guards.
The president has 88 full time guards. South Africans have 1 x police member for every 346 citizens so our politicians protection is 30,448% greater than what Joe Public has and can expect and ironically Joe public pays for it all.
I feel if one cannot stand the heat; get out of the kitchen so this gravy train is the next that needs cleaning up. The public purse and fiscus can't be expected to pay for our politicians paranoia because of all their own misdeeds. VIP protection has been cloaked in secrecy and is tailor made for patronage and corruption with jobs and Moola for mates and cadres.
Mr President, you love your commissions of inquiry... so how about a commission to investigate the rampant escalation in VIP protection due to your cadres paranoia over past misdeeds?
After all, you are serious about draining the swamp of public service and to clean up corruption... aren't you?