Buttocks and Bottom Lines

2016-01-22 09:16

And in Uniquely South African News, IOL is reporting that woman of the ANC bared their buttocks in protest to something or other in Hammanskraal on Sunday. The sixteen women allegedly stormed the ANC offices in Tshawne and pulled down the jeans to expose themselves in front of a press cameraman.

A definite contender for winner of the “You Can’t Make This Stuff-Up” Category, the woman told the Pretoria News, that following their call to arms (only it wasn’t arms that they seem to have been called to), their buttocks were smacked by bouncers before being ceremoniously, or unceremoniously, dragged out of the room.

The article does not make it clear if it was the slapping of the naked bottoms or the dragging out of the room, apparently on the instructions of the ANC regional deputy secretary George Matjila, which was more offensive.

Buttocks seem to be big at the moment. It was not so long ago that Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced her intention to defend President Jacob Zuma with her buttocks. True story. And I imagine because she is the Minister of Sanitation, this is something she is amply qualified to comment on. “Like it or not, Zuma is ours. He will finish the term because we want water….” She was noted to have said. And whereas no one can be certain what the wanting of water has to do with Zuma completing his term, what is certain is that we need to pay more attention to South African bottoms (and water) than we have been doing until now.

It so happens that water is currently a very serious topic. Southern Africa is experiencing an unprecedented drought, which means water shortages and the prospect of a dearth of basic food for many South Africans. In such circumstances any hint of deprivation and any implied threat as to the sustainability of supply need to be very carefully viewed. And whereas the comments by Mokonyane are not current, they certainly reveal a viewpoint that is more frightening than 16 exposed bottoms (if that is possible).

The Minister of Water and Sanitation is responsible to her people to provide such, no matter who the president is, and no matter what her feelings of loyalty might be. She is employed by the citizens of the country and has an enormous responsibility on her plate. She might well wish to defend the President down to her bottom and is of course free to do so, but only once her job is done. And as the drought deepens and as the crises unfolds further, I would hope that that alone is her focus.

There are few who would dispute that South Africa is a country in peril. The deadly combination of the current global financial crises along with the some disastrous decisions over the last few months and years has placed the country at risk. With the Mail & Guardian suggesting that Nene could have been fired for his refusal to have SAA fly to Khartoum in order to show support to Omar al Bashir, one gets a sense at the extent that the ANC has placed personal agenda over the country's interest.

The ANC is very clearly floundering and in many cases have resorted to screaming “Racist” at anyone who criticizes them. Marius Fransman Chairman of the Western Cape only yesterday suggested such when referring to the “Zuma Must Fall” poster, robbing the country of sensible dialogue and diverting attention away from what is a serious and critical debate. South Africans responded by photo –shopping just about everything on the billboard from the “Price of Avos must fall!” to something about Zuma giving us all cake. What is important to note is that just because South Africans have a wonderful sense of humour, doesn’t make the situation funny.

The comical nature of these incidents and of the South African political landscape belies the gravity of the country's predicament. The cracks are showing in the ANC and no amount of plastering is able to cover up the damage. We are a nation in crises, a people on the edge, and without a unified and intense focus, anything can happen. Bottom line.

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