What a week South Africa! There is so much news that I feel a little #punchdrunk. I suppose I should start at the beginning and just work my way through but before I do, there’s something you haven’t noticed through the noise of the crowd. Do you know which day of #Lockdown we are in? Most news media have removed the count on their screens and we don’t even talk about it anymore. Does that mean we will be in #Lockdown for the rest of our lives? I know it’s #Level1 and we don’t really care, but by staying in #Lockdown the government has far more control over us than they ever did. Surely, it’s time to #EndLockdown. The rebuttal to this argument is that the #FourthWave and #LowVaccineTurnOut could result in further #Lockdown restrictions. We all know the truth though; the truth is we have been in #LockDownTooLong and the fear of insurrection and protesting is still a huge opponent wait to box in the political corner of the ring.
The #Elections didn’t go well. In fact they pretty much hit #RockBottom on turnout and results. #Ramaphosa said that he was not desperate in his hunt for coalitions. This was after the ANC had banged down doors of the opposition parties and got turned away at the door; like a door- to- door salesmen, they shuffled away carrying a heavy sample case of old tricks. I’m sure that the ANC is not the largest disappointment to the voting public; #ActionSA’s potential coalition with the #DA is! We all know a vote for #ActionSA was a vote from a public that wanted an alternative to the DA (not really the ANC – they’ve been done with the ANC a while now). Zille taunted #Mashaba by posting a tweet of a news article where he, in the past, had said “No ANC coalition.” – you just know she stored that article on her phone waiting for those election results. Such a nasty way to go about negotiations isn’t it? Nah, not really. Herman swapped sides and is now going Blue after that #RightHook. I really hate political parties! There is a saying: “If democracy worked, they wouldn’t give it to us”. How is it possible that in a country that has produced Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Peace Prizes and sent rockets to space, cannot find one group of humans that actually speaks for the majority when it comes to running our country? It really is time for #ElectoralReform and I’m with Mmusi on this one.
We were no sooner rising from the #ElectionHangover than the lights went off. Not only did the lights go out, but the country was plunged into the depths of #Stage4 #loadshedding. Rumours on the social media streets were brightly lit. We were being “punished for our vote” said some, while others posted how many Eskom outlets were vandalized overnight – another #Insurrection? None of these videos made news media though. #Punch! Then they started calling for #DeRuyter’s head, but I’m more likely to gun for #Gordhan. I mean it was him, after all, that lead us to believe – and we really did believe him – that the time had come for a new (auditable) broom to sweep clean. Let’s talk about how that went for #Gordhan: There has been more “irregular expenditure” (ie. theft) than under #Zuma’s reign! #LeftHook! Why is it called #IrregularExpenditure anyway, in fact, why is it called #loadshedding?
#DeRuyter appeared on the screen with a team of about a thousand people, and told us how #Zambia was the problem – huh? #Zambia? Listen Andre, listen … we are done with the constant fabrications of the truth. You then proceeded to tell us that Eskom is an old car and we need a new one. Someone call foul in this ring please. #DeRuyter, under #Gordhan, has been “sweeping clean” for two years, and in doing so has allowed more money to be stolen than ever before. Then they tell us that the massive amount of loaned money, our hard-earned money, has been poured into a car that can’t even run on fuel? If you’ve spent all our money how do we afford a new car? I say WE Andre, because your salary has not been impacted and I bet you have solar panels on your roof! #UpperCut. Even #Molefe, the man who made up the shebeen in Saxonwold, called BS. At the same time as this rubbish was devastating our country, it was announced that South Africa is going to focus on… electric cars? I’m sorry what? #PunchDrunk. The world is making a massive shift to clean energy with big decisions coming out of #COP26 and we live in a sunshined South Africa but the message from #GwedeMantashe, “we need more coal?” What? Are you high? #KnockOut
I’d no sooner shook my head (so hard I thought it was going to fall off) than I heard that Johannesburg was suffering a 54-hour water outage. I’m not calling this “thing” shedding. Come on, we’re done with this manipulation of words. No water and no power in the financial hub of this country. It’s like all the punishments and plagues are being handed out at once because we didn’t turn up for one class. #TKO
Enter the most relieving story I’ve seen all year… #MotiBrothers are safely home. Our household, like many households, rejoiced at the news. Those four children filled every timeline and most prayers as South Africa held its breath. Two days before the children came home, 540 kilograms of cocaine was “stolen” from the Hawks. How is it possible to steal half a ton of cocaine from the Hawks? I jested that perhaps the Hawks had an early Christmas party and that’s why no work was being done, but then I came across a tweet that really shook me. A tweeter called “Vico Durban” took the cocaine story and retweeted it with this message: “The #MotiBrothers will be released now. Watch this space.” And then it happened, they came home. This story was strange and please forgive me for saying so, children are kidnapped, raped and are killed every single day in our country and they only make headlines on the ticker strap you see on the bottom of your TV screen, yet in this story, every mainstream media house ran with it and then did not offer any further speculation as to what may have happened (that’s strange journalism – almost journalism with respect for lives and privacy – I liked it but I found it odd). Whatever happened here we will never know. I’m so grateful that those four children are safe. Thank you for some relief from this fight we call living in SA.
#FWDeKlerk died this week. The last #apartheidPresident left a message from the grave in a video address. He apologized unequivocally about “Separate Development” not “Apartheid”, “Separate Development”. I grew up during apartheid and I’ve never heard the term #SeparateDevelopment before. It was apartheid; a unique South African invention of a word that killed souls and left a legacy of inequality that may never be repaired. Thank you for apologizing. From God we come, to God we return. It is not right to speak ill of the dead just after their demise. Let’s leave it at that.
#AtholWilliams, a whistleblower at #StateCapture, left the country and wrote an open letter to the President saying that he and his family were at risk with little or no protection from our legal system. He feared that he was the next #BabitaDeokoran. Isn’t that terrifying? The message is clear, snitches get stiches in SA politics. The fight is fixed. #LowBlow
#MTBS21 filled my screen. I couldn’t even focus after all the boxing rounds we’d gone through with #Eskom, but #EnochGodongwana delivered his first budget speech with little fanfare. Most analysts said, “Nothing new to see here.” I didn’t even try to get further than the message that almost 28 million South Africans (that’s 46% of the nation) are living on social grants. #PunchDrunk
Covid and #VaccineBoosters are all the rage, even #ChildVaccines are being administered without parental consent. Apparently, there is definitely a third jab from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson have released a booster. I’m not going for it, I don’t need a vaccine loyalty card, this is not #Starbucks and I may have been in the ring, but I’m firmly in the audience now. #NoToVaccineMandate is the resounding call from SA. I suppose they’ll get to me in the end, no one leaves the fight club. #JAB
Serial killer #NomiaNdlovu got six life sentences, yet that didn’t stop her from turning to her family in the court to say “I’ll be back for you.” #SouthPaw
#Pistorius is due for parole and the #Steenkamp family won’t meet with him, well of course not, I’m sure they’d rather see him #Kayo
Internationally #TravisScott held an #Astroworld concert where people died and he kept on singing. There was a stampede because of people breaking the concert barriers and entering without authorized access. Did Travis stop the concert? No, this man sang while people died. He sang from a tower on the stage as people were being trampled to death… and he relished it! When the ambulance arrived, he encouraged people to dance on it. What is happening? What kind of a match is this?
I have to end with something positive before I get told I’m a grouch again – it’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m going diving and I’m taking the week off. I’m leaving that potato bass for some shark diving. Am I nervous? Not at all, I’m South African and sharks don’t eat divers, after all, they’re not boxing politicians. #OutForTheCount
I’m Tonya Khoury and you’ve just #ScratchedTheSurface with Acumen Media over seven days.