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The agony of living in South Africa…

03 Oct

On Sunday, City Press published an article about a leaked document revealing that public works department was set to carry out a R203-million revamp of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. The document disclosed that out of the 203-million, only pay R10.6-million will be paid by JZ, and rest of the bill would be footed by state funds.

A year ago on a research journey I was privilege to hear a story from a sole Breadwinner mother whom works as a domestic worker. What stood out for me was the way she expounded her job significance and the heroine it played in her family. She was involved in a car accident few years ago, while she was in pain, the only thing she could think about at that time was to call his boss in order to explain why she would be absent from work that day. I was touched by her story and the way she is so broad-minded about life even though she still dwell in a 3 room shack. She added that they could spend a week without water around her neighbourhood. One ought to push a wheelbarrow to the next village just to get water after a long day at work she said.

While people in this country continue to dwell in such horrifying conditions, it pains me to see that our own President Jacob Zuma continue to live a decent and luxurious life. The same people he promised to serve their needs are the same people who are worsen than they were. What is outrageous is the reason Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj gave: “What do you do when [US] President Obama or an African head of state visits him? You can’t send them to a hotel.”

As long as Barack Obama has a place to sleep when he comes to South Africa then everything is fine. As long as we look like a good accommodating state then everything is fine. “The question we must ask Maharaj is – where did visiting heads of state sleept when Mbeki and Mandela were presidents?” said a twitter user. Maybe Malema was right when he said “Jacob Zuma is a dictator”. I am no fan of Malema but what he said make so much sense now.  After all, Msholozi went from broke to Zumaville, but Juju is the one being investigated and going to court. No wonder he’s (JZ) always dancing.

President Robert Mugabe is living a luxurious life in fact he is one of the richest people in Africa, this is a fact. While the Nkandlanova continues to get more wives, live a luxurious life, people continue to suffer in this country. They said Apartheid was over, but they forgot to say “we are joking”.  Once you get to power, it is always about you not about the people. It has stood out for me that ANC is not a party but a Liberation struggle movement which is no longer needed, its structures are obsolete. They are creating new apartheid in South Africa by excluding the poor and loot in the state funds. Their priorities are always shocking me. It has been reported that with only three weeks to go before matric exams, the Basic Education Department has still not delivered the outstanding textbooks to schools in Limpopo. Zuma won’t say anything with this matter or even fire Angie because she wants support from the woman league [again, it is just about power and himself]. In addition, Arms deal cost 47 billion and 14 billion rand to fix schools in Eastern Cape yet nothing has been done about that even now.

One of my cousin’s always complains about the tax charges on his pay slip, I now understand why. While people work their behind every day for a better living, their money is used to construct a new city at Nkandla. It is very painful to be a South African. One ought to note that this document was leaked meaning that we were not going to know about this project Zumaville. I bet the are more projects going on in South Africa at the moment that we don’t know about because apparently we don’t matter. It is hard to be a South African. It is painful! The agony of living in South Africa is that you get to watch these things happening and discuss them on social networks but really, nothing happens after wards. We are suffering yet we are quiet about it it.

One of my high school friend use to tell me how painful it was to see his young brother going to school with an empty stomach in the morning hence; he was inspired to work hard and get his degree to change the  situation. well how do we do that nowadays if you’re from a school without books? it is painful to be a South African.

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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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