17 January 2001Nkosi Johnson & Retribution
|Political turmoil in Africa.
Kabila has apparently been shot by one of his bodyguards during an attempted
coup. What will happen in the Congo? To be honest, who really really cares.
Closer to home. We've been
hearing and seeing way too much of little Nkosi Johnson. For the uninformed
- he is a little black boy of eleven who was born with HIV and now developed
full-blown AIDS. He was abondened by his mother and adopted by a white
woman. Excuse me for not expanding on this "whitey" who's in it for the
Hogwash, utter and total
bull! I am not without a soul and I am not a total Swaztika-bearing Nazi
racist. I am just fed-up with the general attitude in this country concerning
AIDS and the lives being claimed every single day by this disease. Ignorant
and arrogant like the government except when it suits them. A national
outcry is being "demanded" by the ANC over the immenent death of Nkosi.
When the day comes they'll probably declare it a public holiday. What then
about so many others. Rejected by their own parents and communities and
ultimately becoming the States' (re. the taxpayer) burden.
Come on, get real. Foreign
governments much catch a serious wake-up. Africa is in pain. Africa is
a "take what you get and keep it for yourself" continent, despite the deseases,
the poverty and desperation amongst many of it's inhabitants.
Unfortunately at this stage
the ANC government is in charge of all hand-outs. Very little actually
filters through to the suffering masses. Another typical example is "retribution
payments". The government budgeted Four Hundred Million Rand for the upliftment
of the so-called underpriviliged. Three-Hundred got to where it was intended,
a further Four Hundred came in from foreign countries which got on the
gravy train as expense money. Now the ANC is threatening legislation to
force companies to pay "retribution money". Their argument is that all
companies still in operation from the apartheid days, benefitted from the
then legislation and therefore must pay retribution. Again hogwash!