Isaac Mashaba
4 minute read
4 Nov 2021
6:00 am

Did we vote for bad news?

Isaac Mashaba

In South Africa, it can honestly be said: “Never before has so much been stolen by so few from so many.”

Residents cast their votes during the Nquthu by-election. Picture: Gallo Images/The Times/Thuli Dlamini

In South Africa, it can honestly be said: “Never before has so much been stolen by so few from so many.” As the local elections approached us, a comment attributed to prof P Lumumba perfectly summarised our situation: “In Japan a corrupt person kills himself. In China, they will kill him. In Europe, they jail him. In (South) Africa, he will present himself for election.” Suddenly, politicians who are seldom seen or heard, were out and about, filling the air with more false promises, and sometimes downright lies. They promised to start “fixing” things. They used the radio, television, mainstream...