Whose country is this anyway?

February 8, 2007 at 3:03 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m a bit disturbed. There’s this raging debate going on at http://dieburgerblogs.mweb.co.za/ViewBlog.aspx?blogid=41. People are obviously very worked up about what’s happening in SA but the way it’s expressed is rather strange…

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There’s no crime; there’s no reason

February 7, 2007 at 6:18 pm (Uncategorized)

Even if you haven’t been checking out the SA press this week you must’ve heard about the FNB debacle. If you haven’t, read http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/PrintEdition/Article.aspx?id=375432 to get up to speed. Lots of things have happened after this piece broke in Sunday papers across the country.
Some have said the bank is chickening out; others say they should’ve realised what was going to happen before they went public.
The government keeps on going on about how crime is exaggerated and how we’re blowing things out of proportion but one thing is clear: people are sick of crime.
That’s the most important thing to me. Since this story hit everyone and their brother has had an opinion on what is happening in this country.
People from other countries already know what’s going on here so it’s incredibly important that SA citizens speak out about their desperation.
On tv people are smsing to talk shows about how they think crime is out of control; business leaders are speaking out; magazines are running crime campains; letter pages of newspapers are filled with talk of how sick people are of crime.
Finally, enough is enough. On Friday our president makes his State of the Nation speech. He would be foolish to not at least acknowledge our fears – whether it’s real or imagined.
I still believe we can make this country work. We have too much at stake to not make it work.
And in disagreeing with the government about crime we’ve done what many naysayers say we can’t: we stood together for the greater good…

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All in a day in SA

February 2, 2007 at 3:02 pm (Uncategorized)

This has been a mad week. We’ve seen four arrogant assholes – the Waterkloof Four – get the punishment they deserve (what do the folks say? “we don’t care about the sentence, we will appeal”). For those who don’t know, these spoilt brats beat a homeless man to death. No reason; simply because they could. Looking into their rich, conceited faces made me want to throw up every time I saw it. Now, they’ve been given hefty sentence. They’ll probably get a lesser sentence on appeal so I suppose there’s no reason to get excited. But enough of them.
Two murders this week: Adelaide Tambo and David Rattray. I will say a fond farewell to Mama Tambo and not even comment on the second. It’s simply too awful to think “He’s just another one”.
The last thing I want to mention is the little group of crazy people who gathered outside Parliament in Cape Town yesterday. As we approached in our little car we tried to figure out what was going on. When I checked the posters I nearly died. Who the hell do these people think they are to protest about a woman’s right about her own sexuality…? I will continue on this thread soon. I am simply too outraged to continue right now. But do think about it. Until next time…

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