The only good thing that saw the light in South Africa this week was the Mail & Guardian Cartoon by Zapiro:

Headlines in most of the newspapers were dominated by the sacking of The Deputy Minister for Health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. Government officials tendered various reasons for this move and all the attacks have the distinct slant of character assassination. We have all now learnt that, that will be the only reaction to any valid criticism of the ANC but lets wade through all the bull-dust of political double-speak and get down to the root cause of her sacking. Madlala-Routledge, as a reasonable, intelligent human being, at some stage, questioned, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the Minister of Health’s, “well-researched” cure for AIDS i.e. beetroot and garlic. This article proves it. Sunday Times.

The Minister has a record of abuse of power and various medical sources have hinted at a drinking problem but let’s leave it at that as South African politicians are not known to have any human frailties. I did not find mention of any AIDS mortalities in the same newspapers during this period. Hundreds of thousands people dying from a backward government policy does not seem to count. You will remember that Thabo Mbeki, in an interview with the Washington Post in 2003, said:“Personally, I don’t know anybody who has died of Aids.” Sunday Times.
One has to admire him for his tenaciousness. 

My question still remain: When do these people find the time to actually try and govern the country? They seem to be extremely busy with defending their seats of power.
As if it is not common knowledge one headline reads: Police are now part of the problem, not the solution. Sunday Times.

To illuminate South Africa’s callousness towards violence, a motorist who shot a taxi driver in the face, after being rear-ended by one of these death-traps, gained tremendous support on 702 talk radio for his action. That is not the fault of society but illustrates how the human body will develop a defence mechanism after being exposed to continuous and out of control violence and lack of measures to combat it. Sunday Times.

Slight pressure has being exerted against Mbeki to act against Robert Mugabe but as we all know nothing will come from it. Sunday Times.

And one can even find some sane people in the ANC leadership trying to address crime. I’m not holding my breath until something actually happens. Sunday Times.

The biggest Afrikaans Sunday newspaper has come up with a novel idea on how to handle the bizarre political situation in South Africa. They totally ignore it. No mention of the political antics is made on their main page.

Whereas the old voice of reason, The Mail & Guardian, carries in depth articles on all the happenings. Even one where the one of my old gripes is now addressed i.e. the lack of prosecutions as result of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s investigations. I however doubt that timing to do so is now right and I am of the opinion that this is a smoke screen and an effort to hide incompetence by tackling one of the easiest problems first. Health Care and Policing should have the highest priority.

The Boere, I mentioned before, is going to see this as proof of a “politically orchestrated campaign” to annihilate them and that is tantamount to scratching in a lion’s rectum, in the wild, with a very short stick.

And as usual the lack of military involvement in any atrocities is glaring. Also don’t come with that old horse manure of F. W. De Klerk not knowing at the time. He served on the State Security Council as Minister for Education and was co-opted into most of the meetings as minutes of meetings, in possession of the TRC, proves. He, as a lot of others, did not want to know. 

The United Kingdom has once more been blamed for the current situation in Zimbabwe by South Africa. Mail & Guardian.
Once again. If politicians can come up with excreta like this, when do they find the time to govern? 

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Gerrie Hugo is a South African living in Sweden who considers polka dot suspenders with a belt and matching clip-on bow-tie the height of fashion. Visit his Blog:

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