week I'm quoting a regular column from the Sunday Times. Yes it is called
Out To Lunch and the author is one David Bullard who's been doing this
column for years.
I'm doing this is to show that my rantings and criticism of our black government
is not an only viewpoint but also a national one.
of his writings as it appeared in the Sunday Times on September 2 :
in public life ought to be punished as treason
are seen as self-serving opportunists everywhere in the world and that's
generally because that is exactly what they are. South African politicians
like to believe that attacks on them must be motivated by racism, in truth,
criticism has very little to do with skin colour.
in all colours and when the people see their leaders burying their snouts
in the trough, ducking and diving whenever they are asked reasonable questions
and appointing their friends and family to influential positions, they
become disillusioned with the democratic process.
the dishonest and arrogant behaviour of the few gives the rest a bad name.
always be those for whom public office is seen as an opportunity for personal
enrichment rather than a chance to make a real difference to the development
and growth of South Africa.
thing is not just that their behaviour is tolerated but that the ruling
party is prepared to close ranks to protect them, which does absolutely
nothing for Parlaiments' credibility or the country's reputation. How often
has the public exposure of some malfeasance resulted in a lame internal
inquiry and the convenient removal of the embarrassing incident from the
pages of our newspapers?
It has become
abundantly clear over the past seven years the the intellectual demands
of Parlaiment are beyond many of it's members.
There are some
senior MP's who are a disgrace and it is in South Africa's long-term interest
that such people are removed from office immediately.
I think it's
time to reconsider the crime of treason, defined as "the violation or betrayal
of the allegiance that a person owes his country". Let us take the case
of the ANC Chief Whip Tony Yengeni, as an example.
TImes revealed details of Yengeni's luxury 4x4 several months ago. Yengeni
still hasn't adequately explained the unusual procurement and financing
details of the vehicle. It may be that there is a reasonable explanation
but we have yet to hear it. Until we do, the ANC has a huge question mark
hanging over its claims to espouse "transparency".
Yengeni case, among others, is well known to foreign observers and helps
to reinforce the country's image of a basket-case in waiting. It is impossible
to put a price to the damage done to South Africa's standing by the controversy
surrounding arms deal, the frequent "cover-ups" of political incompetency
and the many incidents of dishonesty and lack of accountability.
All these are
acts of treason in some form and should be punished as such.
Now that is
shooting from the hip! If this was a speech I'm sure he would've received
a standing ovation. I was wandering whatever happened to the cars "organised"
for senior officials involved in the arms deal. Yes, we haven't heard a
thing yet, and how long ago was that?
In the meantime
the ANC and their tri-party alliance with COSATU doesn't seem to be going
too well. COSATU opposes governments' privatisation plan for fear of members
loosing their jobs. We've seen COSATU claiming major success with their
two-day strike last week against privatisation with government responding
with official absenteeism figures of way less what COSATU claims. To back
government figures, I must say that only about twenty percent of our workforce
were absent. Of course there is a strict policy of "no work no pay". And
amazingly it was the Zulu's who all pitched for work. No, we're not a government
company, but as with all strikes people either sympathise with the cause
(or family/friends involved) or they get intimidated into attending. Ignorance
also plays a big role as in the case of a recent "ethics training" for
teachers by the Department of Education and the South African Council for
are supposed to be educated) were shocked to find out that "love affairs"
between teachers and pupils is a dismissable offence! Apparently this is
rife in our schools.
And we trust
these people with our children?