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It’s election season and the three-ringed circus is in town. Yawn.
Specifically, a three-ringed circus because the Democratic Alliance (DA) shouts at the ANC, the ANC just ignores everyone like it usually does and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) shouts at everyone who doesn’t agree with it.
Frankly, I don’t think any of them have much appeal. The EFF wants to take my flat away, the ANC is as rotten as it is broke and the way the DA has handled its former black leaders is … well, you decide for yourself.
If it can’t manage its own finances, how much longer the ANC intends to run the country into the ground is no longer a matter of interest, it’s a matter of concern.
On Wednesday on TV, a visibly angry ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe blamed the new donor laws for political parties for the ANC’s failure to pay its employees on time.
But Pule, my man, it just shows how far the party’s head is up its own ass when as government, you guys promulgated the laws.
Rumour has it bets are being placed on how long the DA’s Joburg mayoral candidate will be in office before she, too, follows a well-trodden path.
The EFF could care less about me. Ditto.
What I do care about is its idea that all land should be held by government. I’m not sure where the EFF has been the past 12 or so years, or even during the past 18 months, but I can tell you it’s not the poor who need the land the most who will get it.
Nor will they receive training, tools, loans, or even the actual land. Even the ANC’s land proposal involves a 30-odd year lease and it will be favourites of the politically and criminally powerful who will inherit the land.
A valid land redistribution policy would be parcelling up vacant land currently in national and local government hands and assigning ownership of that land to a deserving person.
To promote generational wealth, there could be a time limit on selling the land. People who have been given RDP houses have allowed people to build shacks on their little piece of land – and why shouldn’t they?
They’ve also rented out the RDP homes and again, why shouldn’t they?
Money doesn’t grow on nonexistent trees. Houses are expensive to maintain, salaries are low if you’re not a government official feeding off the fat of the tax and when last was our unemployment figure below 15%?
I can’t remember, either. My pet peeve is all the “campaigning” happening. Like, guys, do you think kissing babies and shouting at us how bad all the other parties are is going to change our minds, like we haven’t made them up a long time ago?
You guys all have no clue, seriously. We see you, as a certain riot instigator said on multiple occasions and who is being ignored by the powers that be.
On that note, there’s a meme going around on social media that police can charge a pavement pirate for growing vegetables but can’t put the masterminds behind the violence behind bars.
If ever there was a picture of government for the times we live in, this is it.
LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021