An Uprising, And Then A League Of Silly Women

Last week university students across South Africa rose up in protest against a hike in fees for the 2016 academic year.

Barring the few incidents of violence and destruction of property, it was a sight to behold. Never has the government of this country been shaken as much and by mere students, unified across racial, gender, socioeconomic and political divisions.

So frightened were the ruling politicians, that they caved in last Friday and announced a zero percent increase in fees for the next year. This week however, students at some institutions were still not satisfied, and continued protesting, mostly for the complete abolition of fees for tertiary education.

If students could rattle the ANC government this much, imagine what a unified South Africa could do. I think these are troubling times for the fat-cat rulers and their cozy futures doesn’t look so bright any more. Finally the ANC’s disdain for the citizenry has reaped a whole lot of detest.

Meanwhile, one of the embarrassing ineffectual wings of the ANC (the other being the Youth League), The Women’s League has decided this week to march on the Union Buildings to protest the “denigration of the image of President Zuma by so-called artists.” In other words (so they insist) they’re marching to protect the dignity and honor of the President, all  because an artist had the foresight temerity to paint a picture of His Loathsomess in an er, uncompromising but accurate position.

These women should be ashamed of themselves. Scratch that. They’re proud supporters of patriarchy after all. Seems it hasn’t occurred to them that you can’t protect the honor of a man who has none.

Oh well, back to the students.

For many people in this country who had given up hope of ever holding this government to account, our young generation have shown quite conclusively that it is possible. Thank you all for coming in from the cold.

EFF: #ProudlyBroughtToYouByTheANC

julius2Julius Malema, former Reichsmarschall of the ANC Youth League launched his own political party at Marikana this weekend, where he was anointed as Commander In Chief.

The EFF was formed a little earlier, probably as an afterthought in the depths of political hell when Malema fell out with Jacob Zuma and the ANC, after losing most of his ill-gained wealth and the patronage of the deservedly despised President.

And so we have one more party to contest the elections next year. This now brings the grand total of political party’s in South Africa to “blimey! that fucking many?” [230 by this official count]

You might think that having this many political party’s is indicative of a healthy democracy. And you might be dead wrong. It’s not healthy, it’s fucking insane! Democracy has become a useful plaything, a vehicle for the politicians to hitch their self-serving wagons to – it’s just something that sounds nice to mostly ignorant people. And oh boy, do we have ignorant people?

And that is why the EFF is being embraced by so many people; not a lot, but a small fart’s worth. People are emotional and desperate, and unfortunately the EFF’s cringe-worthy offerings resonates well with them.

You see, all the party’s offer different shades of the same things. Yes, they offer, but the reality is they never make good on those offers. Not a single one of them. Oh agreed, they do manage to achieve bits and pieces, but never is any pre-election promise honoured in its entirety.

But the EFF promises something totally different; not good, just different. Actually they’re promising to drag South Africa back to pre-colonial times; to a parallel Dark Ages if you like. And render South Africa a pariah, like Zimbabwe.

Among other distasteful policies, the EFF promises to nationalize key sectors of the economy such as mines, and confiscate privately owned land from Whites without compensation. Their manifesto describes them as a “radical, leftist, anticapitalist and anti-imperialist movement.” That’s so retarded, it’s straight out of a dictator’s manual.

Now that’s some scary shit.

South Africa’s only redemption is that the EFF is unlikely to make a big enough dent in the elections next year, let alone win… for the simple unsavoury fact that the voting fodder will with fair certainty still cling to the devil they know, the ANC.

The biggest laugh in South African politics this year…

Forget the chuckles we had over that Zuma painting saga. Forget the loud guffaws that followed the falling out with Julius Malema, (former) head of the ANC Youth League, and erstwhile bum-chum of Zuma.

Forget every hilarious (albeit tragic) incident involving Jacob Zuma and his bumbling quest to govern South Africa, this year. They all pale in comparison to the latest incident of utter absurdity surrounding the President.

Jacob Zuma, who’s widely known to have had no formal education, has been conferred with an Honorary Professor of International Relations degree by Peking University in China.

Although it’s just a worthless title, the guy is totally undeserving of such an “honour.” He has not achieved anything of significance, both locally and abroad. It’s patently clear that it’s just an astute move on the part of the Chinese to stroke Zuma’s ego, in their pursuit of economic ties with South Africa, which no doubt will be more favorable to them.

The whole affair further sullies the academic world, which is increasingly awarding useless degrees to all sorts of questionable people. However, in the South African context it is a monstrous travesty, considering the Zuma government’s dismal performance in the delivery of Education to the country.

The insult to all the children of South Africa who have been negatively affected by the incompetence of Zuma’s Education Ministry is made all the more unpalatable by this comment by him at his acceptance speech in Beijing:

We are inspired by the value attached to education in the analects of the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius, who stressed the importance of education and study as being fundamental to human progress.

There are now many in the country who are absolutely convinced that the only progress, Zuma and his ANC cohorts are interested in, is to do with their own self-interest.

One wonders how long it will be before Minister of Education Angie Motshekga, is invited to China to receive her Honorary Doctorate in International Educational Relations

Angie Motshekga: An awful example to women everywhere

I really meant to title this post “A women who should neither be seen nor heard.” But that would have been truly awful…

Let it be known that I would be proud to be called a feminist. I strongly support gender equality and care about gender issues. I truly feel for women who invariably have to work twice as hard, if not harder, to earn the respect that men get for doing little or nothing. It’s a shitty, lopsided world – where women have to prove themselves daily.

And it shouldn’t have to be like that.

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But when a woman has been entrusted with a position of power, a position of national importance, and then proceeds to make light work of totally fucking things up, then I have to speak up yet again – in the interests of those directly affected and for good woman everywhere who make a success of their position against major odds. Such a woman is Angie Motshekga, the South African Minister for Basic Education.

Not only has Angie set education back many years in South Africa, she continues to blunder ahead with an arrogance that will put many men to shame. No doubt Angie has ample talents, but furthering the interests of education in post-apartheid South Africa, is most certainly not one of them. She seems to have the knack for stumbling from one crisis to another, the latest being her Ministry’s failure to ensure that more than 64 500 teaching positions are filled in one Province alone.

This act alone while being extremely detrimental to the educational needs of South Africa’s children, should be declared as criminal. How her gross incompetence is allowed to continue in a country having what we are assured is a democracy, is beyond comprehension.

Angie Motshekga also serves as the leader of the ANC Women’s League, an organization whose relevance in a modern society is rather dubious, when for most intents and purposes, they seem to serve only as the cheering section for the glut of incompetent men in the ANC government. A recent report in the Sunday Independent suggests that this wing of the ANC, much like the ANC Youth League, is in some disarray. Another report in the Daily Maverick suggests that the ANC Women’s League under Angie are “slavishly loyal to the ANC at the expense of women’s rights.”

Angie’s recent call for action against patriarchy was rather hollow considering her die-hard support for President Jacob Zuma, who’s undoubtedly an icon of this reprehensible social malaise in South Africa. The recent furore over the Spear painting highlighted this fact most convincingly.

In short, Angie is a pathetic example to good women everywhere. One hopes that she is removed from the spotlight before she does more damage to both our education system and the plight of women.

17 shopping days until the end of the world?

Harold Camping in 2008

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October 21, 2011 approaches!

According to Harold Camping, the world is supposed to be in the final stages of 5 months of horrible torment since the fabled Judgment Day which passed with hardly any fuss, on 21 May 2011. With just 17 days to go before that supposed all-defining moment in the brief history of mankind, die-hard believers are presumably wringing their hands in glee, while those who have not accepted Camping’s Lord, should either be wondering if there’s anything to all this flim-flam, or laughing hysterically.

To be fair, the last five months have been kinda unusual. Could Camping be onto something? Or is he on something, which seems to be the consensus of opinion?

World events over the last 5 months have been rather unusual. Or so it would have seemed to the casual observer. I’m not even going to try to imagine what it must have seemed like, to the stoned observer.

Despots who were apparently well-loved by the people being ousted in North Africa, the darling of the freedom movements, the ANC revealing themselves to be plain old scum, economic crisis in Europe, snow near Sun City and tornadoes in other parts of South Africa, Julius Malema being disciplined and the ANC Youth League losing popularity, and Arsenal languishing just above the relegation zone in the English Premier League table.

Now those were just some of the mighty unusual occurrences over the last 5 months. Or Harold Camping will have you believe so.

Either way, whether you’re a believer or not, it’s the ideal time to get in some shopping. Whether it’s to buy some wine for that last supper, a gift for Harold for warning everyone, a new bible to search for those passages to help you repent, or a bottle of the usual plonk, to ease those mouth muscles while you laugh at those who fell for it again…

I hate Black people

I’ll bet that Black people think I hate them because of the criticism I direct towards the South African government, the ANC Youth League and Julius Malema on a regular basis.

Well…I can now honestly confirm that I do. I hate Black people who:

  1. take advantage of other Black people because they are poor, uneducated, or both
  2. are in government to make a career of plundering the treasury
  3. believe they are entitled to wealth and status because they were denied it in the past
  4. believe they are entitled to jobs and career advancement because they were previously disadvantaged
  5. incite violence for whatever reason
  6. damage and destroy public and private property in protest against poor service delivery by government, and then vote for the same morons at the next election
  7. incessantly complain about colonialism, imperialism and the disgusting moral standards of the West, while openly welcoming the trappings of wealth, luxury and technological advancement, and aspiring to the same decadent lifestyle
  8. aspire to be politicians and clergymen
  9. are already in government
  10. hate White people

There you have it. Some day I’ll tell you why I hate Indian, White and Mixed Race people…

Behold the insanity in South African politics

South African politics is truly insane. If you live here you will soon realise this.

However it takes a special kind of idiot to highlight how depraved it has become. Such an idiot exists in the form of Julius Malema, President of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), a puss-filled aberration that is a wing of the ruling political party. As far as Youth Leagues around the world go, the ANCYL should more aptly be called the Pee-wee League, but that would be an insult to minors.

Hardly a week goes by without this knob making the most ludicrous utterances about both serious and trivial issues, which tend to be both annoying and hilarious. While it’s mostly harmless, he does have a rag-tag following who may be led astray and are potentially a dangerous rabble who pose a threat to decent law-abiding citizens.

His diatribes are usually about nationalisation of the mineral wealth in the country, or preposterous claims about him being an economic revolutionary, but most times his rants are racially inspired and directed towards the White population. Recently his lunatic ramblings have been directed at Botswana’s legitimate government, calling for a “regime change.”

However, following recent revelations about how his lavish lifestyle is being funded through rather sordid means, his rants are guaranteed to be enshrined in the halls of mega denseness.

Here’s a sample to savour:

If someone gave me a bribe, where is the receipt? There must be paper trail…you can trace that money.

You don’t have a face, you bloody ape. I will explain where you can put your money and it will be stinking money.

Driving a Corolla does not make you [a] politician. They are fake…what does that mean…down with Helen Zille…fools can’t speak politics

They [white people] must pay for making us slaves . we must punish them. And now they must pay. If we don’t, we are paying them for calling us k*****s.

And the icing on the cake of utter stupidity:

Small minds that discuss people and not issues suffer from the mind of a rat. Illiterate, uneducated journalists are unable to reach youth league standards.

Some standards!

 

 

Be inspired…or just roll on the floor and laugh your ass off

The ANC Youth League believe that they’re “an inspiration around the world.” Or at least the former Deputy President of the League, Andile Lungisa seems to think so.

In this video he regales us with the supposed achievements of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) which are matter-of-factly claimed to be the inspiration for youth on the African continent and even around the world. There is no doubt as to Andile’s sincerity when he makes the sweeping statements he does; he really does believe what he is saying. The evidence however is so totally lacking.

He goes on to tell us how under the leadership of Julius, they have managed to “put the bar up.” [00:29]. Now this I can believe. Under Julius, the bar has most certainly been put up – nothing but Johnny Walker Blue and varieties of other single malts will do for our inspirational youth leaguers at their many gatherings which turn into parties. Oh no!

If however, like me, you can see past the moving lips, you’ll find that the ANC Youth League does indeed inspire one – to get a real education and have as little to do with these louts as possible.

We've heard it before, but does it become truer the more times you say it…

Has anyone been keeping count on how many times, and how many different ANC-government members have said that nationalization of the mines is not government policy?

I don’t expect anyone to have kept count, but it’s been very frequent, and it’s aroused my suspicion that something’s afoot. Methinks the government doth protest too much.

The latest in a long line of statements designed to allay the possible doubts created in the minds of investors comes from the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan. All these protestations comes in the wake of the ANC Youth League’s exuberant ignorance getting the better of them once again, when they called for nationalisation of the mines.

It just leaves one wondering why there has been the repeated attempts to make the motives of government clear, as if it was not articulated clearly enough, the first few times. And do the puppeteers in the ANC who pull the strings of the government frontmen, think that they have not done a good job in keeping the hounds of investigative journalists at bay, up to this point?

Do they sense that all the other naysayers might not have had sufficient credibility, and have thus unleashed probably the only person in government who still has it in relative abundance?

Hmmmm…sniff sniff…

Alcohol and opportunism

The recent announcement by South Africa’s Department of Social Development to intensify efforts in combating drug and alcohol abuse is highly commendable.

However, their intention to use legislation, to among things increase the legal age limit to purchase alcohol from 18 to 21, is quite absurd. It illuminates the idiotic decision of the government to allow 16-year old’s to have the right to vote, and 18-year old’s to join the Armed Forces to take up arms in defence of the shambolic government that the 16-year old’s helped put into power.

Time and again, intelligent people have learnt that making something illegal, makes it more desirable. Intelligence however is a rare trait in the current ANC government set-up. Emotion, not intelligence rules over this lot.

While the department noted “…the link between alcohol abuse and a range of chronic health problems, increased mortality and opportunistic diseases,” it did not take long for the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), fresh from making a complete ass of themselves (yes, yet again) over their recent calls for nationalisation of the mines, to jump on this available bandwagon to bleat about their feigned support of the department’s initiatives.

I guess they didn’t realise that it wouldn’t take long for knowledgeable people to recognize them [the ANCYL] as one of the country’s main opportunistic diseases.

Have these disgraceful ANCYL pricks no shame? On the one hand they use every opportunity to abuse whatever occasion is thrown their way [usually at taxpayer’s expense] to booze and party up a storm, and on the other hand they expect us to believe that they support efforts to clamp down on alcohol abuse. How can one believe that the ANCYL spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu is honest when he says:

They would stop at nothing in ensuring that alcohol consumption in South Africa was radically reduced and all alcohol regulations and laws were properly enforced by law enforcement agencies.

What does this mean for the President of this loutish organization, one Julius Malema, who has a propensity to quaff expensive bottles of Johnny Walker Blue Label at every occasion?

If the legal age limit for consuming alcohol is raised to 21, and his own members started policing the law, Malema would have to wait 16 years before he could touch another bottle of Johnny Blue again…