March for Economic Freedom … and the Red Tide it ushers …

Economic Freedom?

I doubt the people who “demand” this actually knows what it means.  Who really has the economic freedom to do what they want, when they want?

For a nation of about 50 million (that we know about) this would mean that each and every one of them would be able to do what the want, when they want and without worrying about where where the money is coming from … something totally unrealistic, but something the uneducated masses will follow, since they look up to corrupt individuals who are living exactly that type of lifestyle … our only saving grace here in South Africa until now has been that this type of lifestyle was limited to a select few of elite individuals who have/had strong political ties.

Greed is killing my nation, and it’s not stopping there, it’s festering like infection, slowly spreading across the globe, and it’s killing my world.

Today Julius Malema are leading a group of people in a self styled “Occupy Wall Street” maneuver to try and express their dismay about “whites” having all the riches in South Africa and not sharing, but that is only the smoke and mirrors part, he is actually fighting for survival in the ANC because of the enemies he made, and rightly so, since the ANC knows that a country of 50 million is being carried by a taxable income earning payer base of 4-5 million, most of them educated Whites, with a small percentage of educated Blacks, Indians, and Coloureds, the rest being cadre’s of the ANC government who are black, Indian or Coloured.

Sadly though for South Africa, the last bastion of culture and hope on the dark African continent, the “young” leaders do not the understand the reality of the situation, nor do they understand the symbiosis between the “great” colour divide of black and white in South Africa, which is totally unique to the rest of the world.

The reality is that neither group can thrive, or even survive without each other!

In reality, nearly 18 years down the path of The Rainbow Nation very little has changed, the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. This is not due to fault on the normal citizens who live their lives, walk their beat and draw their pay, no, this is the fault of a Government who’s members have pushed the limits on self-enrichment at the cost of their fellow countrymen.

You see communist leaders in Government spending millions of taxpayer money on their own personal power trips, you see millions being spend on renovations of homes for the leading party members along with millions being spend on inaugurations of party members, while they promise to better education, social well fare, medical services, housing and basics like clean water, electricity and sewage, but, you never actually see them do the deed.

With the majority of the uneducated black populace, who are now being indoctrinated that the minority of the whites are still “stealing” their ANC “promised” riches from them, I can only see misery, I see a country being torn apart from the inside out, another “failure” on the African continent.

God knows, I hope that somewhere someone like Zwelinzima Vavi decides to make a stand and pull the reigns in on this out of control horse.

If there was any hope for stability and a true Rainbow Nation, it lies inside of him.  He is a communist with a plan, but that is not his best quality, he is a communist who will see the right thing being done towards everyone by stomping out the cancer of corruption which is taking us backwards instead of forwards.

Viva Vavi!

South Africa – Home of the Rich, Powerful and Destitute

“Cry the beloved country” … I know the novel was written before Apartheid, but these days I can’t help but wonder if the feeling I am having now might have been the same which Alan Paton experienced when he wrote the novel.

Today was a good day, well for me and most of the tax paying, working class South Africans out there of course.  I drove home in my own car, I stopped on the way home at the Pick & Pay and bought a pork fillet, two big potatoes, mixed vegetables and 6 beers, all in all about R80 worth of consumables.

Bliss I would say …  Except that lately food has a bitter after taste, not because I added to much garlic, or stuffed up the cooking process somehow.  No, this is because of what I see every day when I drive to work, because of what I read in the papers, because of what I see on the streets.

Alexandra

The picture above is of Alexandra, a mostly informal settlement with no basic services.  Imagine, no running water, no electricity, no gas, no sewerage! These are one of the places I drive past to get to my work, but it’s obscured by “scenery” like the picture below.

Sandton

Sandton City, home of Nelson Mandela Square with a statue of Madiba, and only 6km away from the heart of Alexandra Township.  The Nelson Mandela the world got to know as the person who wanted everyone equal.

One can almost call the Great South African Cataclysm … the rift between these two places are growing daily, and understanding between these two worlds are quickly disappearing, and I for one fully understand why.

Our Government has failed us, not unlike most governments across the world, but what is happening here, and because I know what we as a people are capable of is killing me slowly from the inside to the point where I am slowly but surely building up a hatred towards the Government, and, if me, a normal tax paying citizen who can afford a decent meal with luxuries are feeling this way, then I can’t help but wonder how my not so fortunate brethren in Alex are feeling now.

South Africa is unique, through our common struggle to survive we have build up a symbiosis, the groups can’t live without each other, but the way things are we are being forced even further and further apart, every day it becomes more clear and clear.

People staying in places like Sandton and Houghton, houses worth anything from R20 million to R100 million, with their own security force, running water, electricity, gas, everything the rich and wealthy can hope buy … forgetting about the people who live of R20 000.00 per year or less, and the things they can only hope for ..

Viva Zuma and his R170 million revamp on his personal house … which the taxpayer is paying for … which could have build 7 000 RDP houses with water, electricity and sewage!

Gaddafi’s Death – Media Coverage

Firstly I must say that there is little love lost between me and a man who is willing to kill his own people because of the mistakes he made, but, two wrongs don’t make a “right”.

Since early afternoon we’ve been getting reports here in South Africa regarding Gaddafi’s death, and we, like the most of the world by now who follows current affairs, have by now seen the very graphic and disturbing images in our local media showing a dead man.

Sure, it’s not the first dead man that we’ve seen, but if the media (foreign and local) want to publish these kind of graphic images of a man who has family that love/loved him, then they can also publish photos and videos of every day murders and accidents, and not only the high profile sensational ones.

I must say, my stomach turns at the idea that our local News24 Agency is showing this type of footage … that a man, even if a devil to most people around the globe, who was a father, a brother, and uncle and a grandfather, can be treated with so little respect after death.

It truly disgusts me … I will remember this day because of his loved one’s, not because a tyrant was shot, killed and treated like a dead animal