It’s a joke right?
So you got Traffic Cops and Law Enforcement Cops on opposing sides, the traffic cops want a wage increase and are on strike, the Law Enforcement cops are there to control the striking cops in case of a riot and or other mayhem and the 2 start shooting at each other?
It sounds like the plot of a very bad movie, except it isn’t. It’s real and this is life in South Africa.
You can read more about this at this following link at The Times.
Let’s add this to the growing list of problems that are making South Africa the laughing stock of the world.
The country to host the next soccer world cup lose their coach after he quits the job.
A country whose largest policitical’s party president was not only accused of rape but also is to be tried on corruption charges.
A country who had a cleric jailed for defrauding a development program of money donated by Paul Simon.
A country that kills electricity to homes and businesses somewhat randomly 4 hours at a time because they forgot to plan for the future and cannot handle the capacity.
A country where rapes of minors occurs on a daily basis because it is a belief that it will cure HIV/AIDS
A country whose president has a quiet diplomacy to everything.
A country whose president refuses to get involved in the Zimbabwean crisis because his wife and the wife of the president of Zimbabwe are related.
A country ranked second for assault and murder (by all means) per capita, in addition to being ranked first for rapes per capita in the entire world.
A country whose economy is on the decrease and unemployment on the increase.
A country where you can be shot and killed for your cell phone.
A country where police stations get robbed.
A country where you can bribe a traffic cop and not break a sweat while doing so.
A country where a traffic cop pulls you over for an infraction, tries to extract a bribe from you then seeing your empty wallet, lets you go because youre broker than he anticipated.
A country where free government sponsored education is almost non existent because of the lack of funds.
A country where the president spends £37.5m on a private jet while school children do not have desks, chairs, pens , pencils or even scraps of paper to learn on.
TIA my friend, TIA
Bring on the bananas.
In November, Michael Richards (best known as Kramer on Seinfeld) launched into a racist tirade during a stand up act at a comedy club, insulting patrons and mouthing off at 2 black hecklers.
After an attempt by 4 of the patrons and a handful of Black activists, including a former supreme court judge and 2 lawyers to get Richards to attend a “mock” trial, Richards defended himself by questioning racism and had the following to say.
Someone finally said it.
How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans.
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.
You Call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’ … and that’s OK.
But when I call you, N!gger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-n!gger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink …
You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you, so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day. You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day. You have Yom Hashoah. You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP. You have BET. If we had WET (White Entertainment Television) we’d be racists.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month , we’d be racists.
If we had any organi za tion for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives we’d be racists.
We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships you know we’d be racists.
There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US . Yet if there were ‘White colleges’ THAT would be a racist college.
In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights. If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug-dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.
I am proud.
But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists?
You know, I was born in South Africa and have been proudly South African all my life, I refused to pack up and leave when things got rough, I wanted SA to remain my home, sure I travelled but came straight back to SA because I missed it, the people, my family and friends.
I put my faith in the new government and decided to give them time to adjust and iron things out.
12 years later however I not only have my doubts, I am beyond disgusted.
There is something seriously seriously wrong with South Africa and we are undoubtedly heading tobecome another banana republic.
The problem is that South African’s have become so complacent with problems that affect every single one of us.
I realized this last night at 8:30 when the electricity died (while I was in the middle of an online poker game) and my father shrugged and said “oh well, off to bed”
and THAT is the exact thing that pisses me off, we accept it because there is little we can do about it and we just accept it as being normal. Soon its going to get worse, Water is next.
Let’s just take a look at the entire picture.
- Starting with the load shedding, yes I blame the government. Stop supplying neighboring countries with power they can’t afford to pay in the 1st place and look after your own. Charity starts at home.
- Crime – Let me not even get started with this, maybe if you stop employing criminals to be policemen and comissioners we may be in with a chance.
- Wasted Money – Why on earth is the government so focussed on changing the names of roads, cities, provinces and towns when the MILLIONS of Rands that are spent on changing these things should be better spent on the infrstructure of South Africa, like, I dunno, maybe another power plant?
Thank God they haven’t realized that the word for our currency, The Rand, is actually an Apartheid Era Afrikaans word, or we’d be spending BILLIONS of Rands so we can have MILLIONS of Pula.
- Unemployment – Maybe with tougher border control and harsher deportation laws, we’d have less illegals in the country, making it easier for our people to find jobs. in 1996 it was reported that we had nearly 5 million Illegal immagrants living in South Africa, that was 12 years ago, that number has easily tripled by now. Hell, we have more Nigerians living in Berea than there are living in Lagos.
- Presidential hopeful is a criminal – JZ is without a doubt, guilty of a lot of things, maybe he got away with Rape, but he is corrupt and rotten and is spoiling the rest of the barrel of apples.
- Ignorant Leaders – JZ, the anti Aids shower, need I say more? Manto Babalas Msimang – Beetroot and Onion anti aids diet? These people are ignorant beyond comprehension and yet we have them as leaders? Sure, they may have a bit more savvy than most Black South African’s but then again, in the land of the blind – the one eyed man is king.
This is not a racist remark, it is a “Who is the best person for the job” remark.
Why not put the best people for the job, in the job? I am not saying employ more white people in goverment positions, not at all. But put educated, savvy people of any colour into meaningful positions.
Cyril Ramaposa or Tokyo Sexwale would run this country like a business – if a particlular part of a business is failing, you don’t get rid of the people at the bottom, you start at the top. Without smart _LEADERS_ any organization is in for a world of hurt and by leaders I don’t mean popular people who can pull the wool over the eyes of just enough people to be voted in, but I mean people who can lead by making an example.
- Telecommunications – another ignorant”leader” Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has no idea half the time waht she is talking about, we are without a doubt the most expensive country in the world when it comes to telecomms. She fails to act on behalf of the masses and I’ll out and say it, CORRUPTION! Maybe if Icasa and Telkom stopped slipping her a few bucks to shut up and say what they want her to say, we’d have someone on our side.
- Drunk Judges – but he claims he was “drinking tea”
- Reverse Racism – AA policies are nothing but reverse racism, fucks sakes give the best person for the job the job.
- Politics in Sports – hoo boy… why is it that there exists a policy to enforce more players of colour in our cricket and rugby teams but there exists no policy to enfore more non-black players on the SA soccer team? Smells like hypocrite bullshit to me.
- Important Jobs pay the least – this was carried over from the old regime, but if anyone had any insight, they would seek to change this. Let me put it into perspective, Police and Teachers are 2 great examples of important jobs that pay shit. In my most humble opinion, these should be the jobs that pay the most, thereby forcing a strict policy on who can become a teacher or a cop. There’d be less corrupt cops, less criminals becoming cops and less cops likely to be bribed. If its a sought after well paying job, people will queue to become a cop.
Teachers – no disprespect to those people who want to be teachers, i think this is great, however the number of people who started out studying that wanted to become teachers is far less than the number of people who became teachers by accident because they did not get sufficient points at varsity to go onto other fields and they settle for teaching. So essentially what we have are people who maybe scraped through varsity, some with crap marks that are going to be teaching our kids. Now I ask you, would you want a less than qualified person to teach your children ?
Or would you prefer that teachers get paid a fortune, thus making the qualifications to be a teacher rather stringent and again people will queue to go for these positions and thus meaning that our children are taught by the best minds in the country? Those that don’t make it as teachers can go and do some other arb job, like become a rocket scientist or something.
- Aids – we have a fucking problem people, excuse the pun.
I could go on and on.
What other countries are there in the world where power cuts are the norm? where there is a task force to look after the police force? where the heads of police are linked to criminal activities? where the minister of health embarasses themselves due to their ignorance? Where the police are corrupt and will let you drive on if you slip them a few bucks? Where Accused rapists and corrupt officals are heads of political parties?
This has stopped being a joke.
When Nathan Radlich’s house was burgled, thieves left his TV, his VCR, and even left his watch. What they did take was “generic white cardboard box filled with greyish-white powder.” (That at least is the way the police
described it.) A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said, “that it looked similar to cocaine and they’d probably thought they’d hit the big time.”
Then Nathan stood in front of the TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars:
“Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude. She died three years ago.”
Well, the next morning, the bullet-riddled corpse of a drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan’s doorstep. The cardboard box was there too; about half of Gertrude’s ashes remained.
And there was this note. It said: “Hoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie. Sorry we snorted your sister. No hard feelings. Have a nice day.”
Small update to this very old post.
This post gradually grew from being a harmless one that turned into a discussion regardless safety of tourists and other people while attending the world cup South Africa 2010.
Without a doubt, safety is a major concern at any World Cup, South Africa 2010 will be no different, however, South Africa is not just a different country, it is a country currently through massive turmoil and faces problems such as power shortages, corrupt police officials, corrupt presidential hopefuls, naive and ignorant cabinet ministers and other major problems which are slowly and surely turning South Africa into another Banana Republic.
I hate to say it, but I am concerned for people who visit South Africa.
Make no mistake, this is a beautiful country which has lots to offer, but sadly, its rotting from the core out.
Here are some concept images for the stadiums to be built for the world cup in 2010 in SA.
I must say they are groovy.
There is much indecision as to whether South Africa can actually pull it off.
Corrupt Politicians, Lazy Government officials, Inefficient staff in wrong positions everywhere and a host of other potential setbacks.
The Gautrain project is a prime example of the inefficiency of the current system, the project is already behind schedule.
If we do pull this off, I’ll be more than surprised, however only time will tell, there are 4 years and counting.
There are other setbacks already, the Taxi association needs to clean it’s act up so that there are more than adequate public transport systems by the time 2010 rolls around, but the process has been fruitless thus far, still many taxi drivers driving around out there without the proper papers, taxis in disrepair and posing major road hazards are still on the streets, the mere fact that the failure to get the Taxi drivers onto a payroll system controlled by the governing body is also a sure sign of the lack of ability to get certain things done before 2010.
If the WC2010 is taken away from South Africa, I will renounce my citizenship out of pure embarrassment.