By Spliph, South Africa:
A discussion on eating sacred serpents, Jigga's fire-pool and the canteen at the Union Building.
South Africa has come a long way alright; from the days that Captain Ven Niekerk and his band of compatriots dispensed savage beatings to anyone who didn't qualify the civilised criterion from the lighter criteria, to some chap on the outskirts of Soshanguve feeding his followers snakes made to taste like chocolates from supposed divine intervention. This is what happens when you pay too much attention to that Adam and Eve story.
I will admit that I am not one to follow history that much, it is history after all. I believe people who always quote the past to put across some point have pent-up anger that needs to be released. Don't' believe me? Just watch Sarafina, then call me and tell me how you feel. Chances are you too will discover a deep and confined reason to rise up.
So, when the government quotes impressive statistics about the wrongs that need to be dealt with for us to see objectives drafted decades ago materialise, I am always baffled. Don't get me wrong, I am all for righting wrongs, affirmative action and the likes, but what part of affirmative action was it when Jigga built that impressive resort in Nkandla?
I have watched Sarafina, and as much as I picture myself rising up and hurling Moloto cocktails at the faction that made it good for themselves pre 94', I have resisted that urge because I have a bigger bone to pick with the current beneficiaries speeding to Tshwane in black sedans while 15 police cars escort them along the way.
Too much is going wrong in this country. Some we can blame on the past but the rest, not so much.
Let's look at Eskom, it is as though billions of rands are needed every three minutes to insure that lights remain on. We can't finish power stations but we apparently have enough benjamins to e-wallet some chap named Jack Warner to secure the world cup. Not only is having our lights turned off an inconvenience, it's also extremely dangerous. Many of you might not know this but insurance company statistics reveal that household break-ins have increased since Eskom's load shedding regimen intensified, even though not drastically but there has been an uptick.
Let me provide a scenario for you to think about:
Say we have a chap named Desmond (Desmond seems like a good name for someone who has invested too much on electrical fences and cameras around his house). Now Desmond harbours the satisfaction that would-be house burglars have rendered his house impenetrable thanks to his impressive strides in home security. Then when Eskom or the Municipality does that trick where they switch everyone's lights off, it becomes a different story. Now because the chaps at Eskom are responsible in as far as owning their failure to provide electricity is concerned, they publicly place a notice that they will be switching the lights off at a particular time.
Any criminal with the IQ of a Soshanguve cockroach can put two and two together then viola! If Eskom is cutting Desmond's power at 8pm, then that would be the perfect time to raid his house. Is it just me or is this putting the lives and goods at risk? Now, Desmond – please don't get me wrong; I'm not saying balaclava assassins are on their way to loot your goods. So, by all means continue to harbour that feeling of security – just think about the above though.
Another issue is transport; because of Apartheid I don't have a car (see what I just did there), I am now forced to use public transportation – like we all do. The problem is that South Africa's transport system is as efficient as a centurion's bowel movements.
From the road narrowing Rea Vaya, the obdurate infested minibus taxi to the obscenely expensive Gautrain, they all have their flaws.
A journalist friend of mine recently hypothesised that “there is no government run division that is doing well aside from the canteen at the union buildings” – I won't comment on that one.
We have enjoyed democracy for some time now; I think we can let apartheid die already. We can't build forward while continuously citing the past for our shortcomings.
It's time the chaps in leadership rise up and say, “I take the blame”.
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