August 06, 2012
The official response to these killings is that there is no political or racial motive, that they are unfortunate, random, and merely symptomatic of a high-crime society. Farmers are unconvinced: “We are killed in this country just because we have white skins,” insists Visagie.
In a recent editorial writer David Hill was strident in his criticism of the South African government, referring to it as an “ineptocracy”:
Consider that South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action policy favours a majority who also happens to have complete political control….In the end something has got to give as no economy can bear 20 million people supporting 50 million people.
But the word “inept” might still be a tad light. Following a spate of deaths from lightning in the province of Natal, Nomsa Dube of the Provincial Executive Council promptly called on the National Department of Science and Technology to investigate what causes lightning:
We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning, and if it only happened to the previously disadvantaged, as I have never seen any white people being struck by lightning.
Robert Mugabe has said he is Zimbabwe’s president by divine sanction:
Only God, who appointed me, will remove me….Only God will remove me!
These profound words were echoed in South Africa by President Zuma, who said:
God expects us to rule this country because we are the only organization which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back.
We should not allow anyone to govern our city when we are ruling the country.
Ernie Els will go down as one of South Africa’s greatest sportsmen who is loved and admired by millions, but he should probably concentrate on his putting. Politics might not be his game.