Sunday, May 15, 2011

Millions Threatened ANC Government

Dear Talita Mokheti, chairman of the Zandspruit Poverty Action Group,        
          Sorry to call you chairman, but I don’t believe in these new fangled ideas and all this political correctness nonsense.
          What I want to tell you is that your letter that was hidden away in the Business section of the Sunday Times was a real cracker. It should have been splashed across the front page of the main section of the paper.
          I hope you don’t take this as an insult if I presume you live in a shack because the little I know about Zandspruit is that it is near Johannesburg and is not renowned for its palatial mansions. And, if this is the case, congratulations on educating yourself so as to put your point across so well.
          For those who never saw your letter, here it is.
          The question I must ask you Lady-brilliant-letter-writer is this: Aren’t you being as bad as the South African Government that you so eloquently complain about if you are prepared to give it another chance after 16 years of promises and lies.’ Surely 16 years is more than long enough for anybody to put something right, although perhaps not in South Africa. If it has been going on for that long you can safely assume it’s become a bad habit that will not be cured by any threats from people at the bottom of the social ladder.
           My suggestion is that you get on and vote this Government out. Don’t wait for Ministers Patel, Manuel and Davies to suddenly have a change of heart because if you do you will find yourself writing another similar letter 16 years from now. You have to appreciate that the ANC invented procrastination.
          I hold no brief for any political party. Facts are what I go on and on the evidence available the Democratic Alliance seems to be doing a pretty good job in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Bearing in mind they inherited a mess, not from the old apartheid Government, but from the corrupt ANC regime.
          What I’ve said about the DA is not only my opinion. Even the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal premier, Zweli Mkhize thinks so as well, according to The Times.
          As you would expect it was a backhanded compliment about the DA's leader which made it even more of a plus for that party. At a gathering of his party’s big wigs he said, A lot of work done by Helen Zille is fulfilling what the ANC manifesto is saying should be done. It’s a fat lot of good having such a great manifesto if your party is incapable of implementing it. But as you say the ANC are great wafflers and non existent doers.
          So why not give the DA a try. They could hardly be worse than that party of liars and they are the only viable alternative to the ANC in South Africa at the moment. And if they let you down please don’t wait another 16 years to use the muscle of 2 700 informal settlements to vote them into oblivion. That’s one of our country’s biggest problems. Too many people complain about the Government without taking any action at the ballot box.
          With any luck if you give the DA a chance you’ll soon be the Chairman of the Zandspruit Uplifted Group. But don’t blame me if my advice turns out to be wrong. The last thing I want is a midnight visit from the people in those 2 700 informal settlements you represent. I don’t think my security system was designed for that.
          Yours hopefully,
            Jon, Special Adviser to Shack Dwellers Everywhere.
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