Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Look at the Silly Monkey!

Our illustrious leader, Thabo Mbeki, has lashed out at South Africans who are sceptical about whether our chance to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010 is going to be a success. People are quoting the issue with our stadiums or lack thereof, the pathetic state of our public transport network, and the high level of violent crime that can only make tourists a target in 2010. What does Mbeki have to say about this?

There are some people in the country, within South Africa, who think they've got a permanent job to paint a negative image of South Africa. I suspect they are people who essentially were not happy that apartheid came to an end and that South Africa became a democratic country. They've never accepted the transition to a democratic society. They retain the hope that the country will fail, but they're the ones who are going to fail.
I'm likening this to the Chewbacca defense, so don't mistake me for a racist when i say "look at the silly monkey". Understand that I mean this is a classic example of distraction tactics, the practice of shouting "apartheid" or "racist" every time someone points out that the government is fucking up. When it looks like people might be noticing how corrupt the government is, they order an investigation into corruption during apartheid. When someone points out to the Health minister that african herbs aren't a cure for AIDS, she calls them racist. This is par for the course around here. It's the easy out.

Our ministers like to ignore the fact that blacks, coloured and indians are also voicing their disatisfaction with the way things are. More and more you are hearing black people say that while apartheid was awful and they are happy it is over, the crime is worse now than it ever was under the apartheid government. After his mother-in-law was killed for her cell phone, coloured comedian and TV personality Soli Philander told journalists he wanted the Safety and Security minister to know that the worst week of his life was not under the apartheid government, but under this one. You all remember our Safety and Security minister, right? He's the one who said that South Africans must either stop 'whinging' about the crime rate or leave the country.

I expect it from his cronies, but to hear this from our president's lips only goes to show that this fatuous attitude goes all the way to the top. I've said it before, and i'll say it again: moron.


Blogger Andrew said...

Was the PW Botha quote in the last line intentional, Moonflake?

July 12, 2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger moonflake said...

i wasn't aware PW Botha had sole propriety over that expression :)

July 12, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

It's interesting to see that the old "agree with me or else" governmental attitude managed to survive from the transition from the old Evil Apartheid Regime to the shiny new democretinous one.

July 12, 2006 11:55 AM  

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