No, really, thank you for the downgrade to junk status, President Zuma, I really appreciate it.
I mean, it's a bit of a blow financially - I've been getting back on my feet slowly but surely in the first few months of 2017, even considering taking out a medical aid for my son and I...that's probably not going to happen now...postponed at least though hopefully not cancelled for ever.
It looks like I'm going to be back to counting the Rands and cents in the week before pay day, like I've been doing for the last four year since my car was repossessed. What fun! Oh...I'm lucky to have a job? Well, with you in charge, I suppose I have to agree.
Still, I do thank you, Mr President, because this ratings downgrade might well be the final rallying call for all those who've been unsure or sitting on the fence. I know you won't feel the pinch, nor will anyone sitting in your Cabinet (Mr Ramaphosa, Mr Mantashe, Mr Mkhize - sorry guys, too little too late, I think.)...in fact, I wonder if any politician earning more than R1 million a year has any idea what this rating means to ordinary people, like...er...me.
And who am I, you might ask, to say these things? Well, I'm one of those 'unsung heroes' who risked their lives again and again in the early/mid-90's to help end apartheid - a violence monitor I was called in those days. When it was 'all over' I went into teaching. For five years South Africa was a world leader; for the last fifteen years I have watched our joy and hope turn to dust - I'm a teacher, remember, so I have a special view of the way things have turned bad.
So thank you, Mr President, for finally coming out into the open and letting us all see what's really important to you, namely YOURSELF. But you should also watch out. South Africa is not Zimbabwe: you cannot play this country the way President Mugabe has played that one.