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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Mandela Money Scandal
Dear Poor People of South Africa,
You may not know it but you are very much in the majority in
this once first world country that your African National Congress Government has stuffed
almost out of sight in just 18 years. So voting
them out is the only way to improve your lot.
All your leaders are good at is feathering their own nests
and promising you houses and all
kinds of services when they know they have no intention of providing them.
It’s obvious to everyone except the fat cats in your Government that you have now had enough of broken promises, not to mention all the corruption that has
seen the money that should have been spent on uplifting you being stolen on a
At various places all over the country you are trashing the
place; setting fire to Government buildings and
rampaging through the streets because you are so sick and tired of having your
pleas for basic services ignored.
Monument to waste
But still your blinkered Government won’t see or listen.
It has just announced a new series of bank notes, none of
which will do you any good. They have Nelson Mandela’s
head on them which the Governor of the Reserve Bank,
Gill Marcus claimed reflects South
Africa’spride as a nation and paystributeto a much loved
utter rubbish. They don’t pay tribute to him at all. They merely remind us of
how his ANC Party has, in the 13 years since he
stepped down as the country’s first black president, destroyed all that he stood for.
Even something as
mundane as the issuing of these notes was a slap in the face for you poor
people because theReserve Bank decided to waste R32-million
on acommunicationscampaign for them.
Yes that’s right R32-million. That could have built 700 or more decent houses for
you people currently living in tin shacks, or it could have been used in other
ways to better your lives.
Had Nelson Mandela still been
President instead of an ailing 94 year old do you think he would have wasted money
like this on notes that everybody will have to use anyway, when so many of you
are starving, without homes or jobs.
And to mock Mandela’s legacy even further who do you think the Reserve Bank had posing for pictures to promote
this icon’s image? None other than our current President JacobZuma and Mandela’s
Madikizela-Mandela, both of
whom have a record of appalling
morality that is the very antithesis of what Mandela
The two of them could not have done more to destroy
everything that Nelson Mandela stood for.
Zuma a man to bank on
Zuma, who became President in 2009, has
the following achievements to put beside Mandela’s.
He was acquitted of rape in 2005 and in the same
year he was sacked as Deputy President by his
predecessor after corruption allegations surfaced in connection with the
country’s $5-billion weapons acquisition deal. Charges
were dropped just in time for him to become
president on the grounds that there had been political interference.
Winnie’s CV sinks even deeper
into the mire.In 1991 she was convicted of kidnapping and assault after
one of her apartheid activist, associates was murdered. On appeal her six year
jail sentence was reduced to a fine and a two year suspended jail term. The 1997 Truth and Reconciliation Commission found that the abduction and murder
by her body guards had been carried out on her instructions and that she had initiated and
participated in assaults.But as far as the murder was concerned she
had merely been negligent.
Gill Marcus & Winnie in the money
1994 she became Deputy
Minister of Arts and Culture in the country’s first black government.
Just 11 months later corruption allegations surfaced and she was dismissed. In 2003 she was convicted of 43
counts of fraud and 25 of theft and sentenced to
five years in jail. She escaped being locked up once again on appeal when a
Judge decided she should only get a three year suspended prison sentence
because her crimes werenot for personal gain.
As a current ANC member
of Parliament she earns nearly R800 000 a year, but is notorious for hardly ever
attending Parliament. The Independent Electoral Commission
allowed her to run in the 2009 general election
despite her fraud conviction.
Of course it had nothing to do with the fact
that she had such a large following among you poor people that she was known as
the Mother of
the Nationand the ANC needed her
vote catching ability.
It’s time you understood
that South Africa has nothing to be proud of if these two are the best roll
models the Reserve Bank could muster to launch the face ofNelson Mandela.
what the R32-million will be spent on remains to
be seen. But if history is anything to go by a lot of it could end up in the
pockets of rich ANC big-wigs.
sure as hell none of your protesting masses will see a cent of it.
who intends sticking up one of the notes as a reminder of how not to run a