To my fellow South Africans: You should be afraid

Right now, there is a scandal surrounding the president and the government. This is not the first scandal, nor will it be the last.

But it is different.

The difference is the government now feels it has the authority and the power to dictate to you how you should act. Before, this corrupt few would flee, and cover, and bury their corruption, to hide it from you.

Nathi Mthethwa

Now though, they are telling you to look away, as they no longer feel required to hide. It is no longer them in the wrong for getting caught, it is you in the wrong for looking in the first place.

It is important also to just send a caution that we have got laws — yes, some of them we will have to amend — but the continuing of flaunting of these pictures [of] a place which has been declared by the minister of police as a national key point is also not correct. It is a breach of law.”

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa

This man has the temerity to tell you what you can look at. He has the audacity to tell you what you can share. This man has the bald face boldness to tell you that by exercising your Constitutional right to free speech, you will be punished by law. By some version of some law that has not been specified, and may not exist, but which will soon be there to punish you.

This man is calling you a Nazi. He is saying that anyone who publishes pictures or spreads videos of the scandal they are trying to hide is the same as the group of people who killed millions of innocent people. And his false equivalence can not be tolerated.

 

If you watched this,and you were not insulted by his audacity or horrified by his analogy, then you did not hear him.

If you heard this and were not frightened by the dictatorial stance the government is taking, then you were not listening.

If you listened but do not shudder at what will happen once this becomes a precedent, or do not see the threat to your civil liberty, then you did not understand.

If you understand and choose to shrug your shoulders and merely say that politicians will do what they will do, then you do not care
And if you care, but you do not act or speak out or make it know that you disagree, then you can not complain.

 

If you care but remain silent, then you will bring this new fresh hell upon yourself, and you will have no one to blame but yourself.

 

I will not obey. I will not observe. I will not be quiet. Mr Police Commissioner, you may label or libel me, but you will not control or silence me.

 

Steven Colbert Roast George Bush at 2006 Press Club Dinner

While kicking around opinions about politics, democratics and mostly Republicans, this talk came to mind. It’s Steven Colbert’s roasting of the George W Bush at the 2006 Press Club Dinner, with Bush just 3m away. To be more accurate, it’s Steven Colbert’s TV show host character that’s roasting the Little G, but still – this is one of the reasons I love the Colbert Report.

After watching Steven Colbert roast George W Bush, you have to admit, the man has a giant set of brass balls.

Politicians are taking us for a ride

In light of the recent furor over Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda spending a reported R2.3 Million on luxury rides for himself, I’ve received an interesting email which outlines Cape Town Premier Helen Zille’s response to the rampant spending.


If you’re not up to speed on the Communications Minister’s splurge, here’s an excerpt from an article on MyBroadband: Continue reading Politicians are taking us for a ride

White guys in SA voting for ANC

This article was emailed to me earlier today. I’m not sure of the source, but it does well to drive it’s point home.

 

Living The High Life

Dear Editor, I am a white guy living in Cape Town. I have been thinking about who I should be voting for in the next elections, and I have decided that I will vote for the ANC. I think I need to explain to everyone out these in cyber land how I came to this decision.

As a white boy, living under the apartheid regime was not all that great, I mean I had this huge guilt complex about what the NATS were doing to my fellow South Africans.

I voted YES in the 1989 referendum and I thought things would be a lot better in SA after 1994. But in reality, they are not so great. We all know all the problems in SA. I don’t need to spell this all out again.

I read this forum regularly, and I see that the ANC supporters (the Kolobes, CTKs, Calvins, etc) have such blind hatred for anyone not supporting the ANC (and especially us white “counter revolutionary colonists”) that frankly I don’t get it.

After 15 years of “freedom” and ANC rule, how do we end up having such blind racial hatred? What has really changed in 15 years?

So I have decided to vote for the ANC. And this is why: The ANC has done a lot more to keep black people poor and living in tin shacks than the NATS could ever have done in the same 15-year period and without any sanctions.

They have squandered vast sums of money – more than the NATS ever did. The have made the divide between rich and poor wider. They have lowered the standard of education to such an extent, that hardly any South Africans tertiary qualifications are internationally recognised. The standard of high school education is dropping year by year.

We have a lot of foreign qualified people working in SA earning vast sums of money due to AA and BEE. The BEE wealth is not being distributed; it goes to the elite few. Companies are not training AA folks, they rather hire foreign contractors.

I am better off under ANC rule than I ever was under apartheid. I earn more, live in an exclusive area, have private medical aid, private health and a private security company keeps me safe. My kids go to a private school.

Under ANC rule I keep all of this and I no longer have to suffer the shame and guilt of being a racist apartheid supporter. If I vote for another party, things will change.

More people will be qualified, and my kids will have competition trying to find jobs. More people will have jobs, and more exclusive areas will spring up, and I won’t feel so exclusive anymore.

I won’t be able earn a vast contractor salary as more local people will be trained and able to do the work. I won’t be able do the work that is given to a BEE company (and sub contracted to me) as they will be able to do the work themselves.

I will lose money on the shares I have in the security companies, as we will no longer need private security firms if the SA Police actually stop the crime wave.

So, as a white guy, the best party to vote for is surely the ANC. I get to keep living the high life while I watch the poor supporters of the ANC live in tin shacks and struggle.