South Africa has been reduced to a third-rate country

Umzinto CBD

If we look back to when the late President Nelson Mandela took office and thereafter, I think most South Africans would feel that the country has changed for the worst since the 1994 elections.

I personally feel that it would probably take five years or more before we become firmly entrenched in the third world. I still can’t believe that in just 15 years, South Africa has effectively been reduced from the powerhouse of the African continent to just another third-rate country, infested with fraud and corruption, rape, hijacking, scams, drugs, strikes and incompetent politicians. We must not ignore the Nkandla and Gupta sagas.

I feel sorry for our police force. I think one either has to be seriously dedicated to fighting crime or absolutely crazy to be a policeman in this country.

Can you imagine what it must be like to endure dangerous encounters trying to catch savages who have absolutely no respect for life, only to find that when one does finally get Satan’s spawn into court, the justice system thanks one by letting the piece of garbage off the hook and allowing him back into society. All for the measly salary that these policemen and women get, while putting their lives on the line.

If, by chance, the low-life does happen to get a prison sentence, it’s usually no more than a short leave from his daily activities, which he will no doubt resume when he comes out a few months later. It has become apparent that fraud and corruption is rife in the SAPS, but I take my hat off to those who are honest and are trying to do their jobs against frightening odds.

It must be really demotivating to know that one’s struggle for justice is seriously hampered by one’s colleagues. Just think of the number of policemen and women killed in the line of duty.

The criminals kill the innocent without mercy. They are a curse on this troubled land. They are driving away people that we cannot afford to lose. People, who have every right to be here, who have made constructive contributions to the economy of this country, who only want to earn a decent living, raise their children in a safe environment with effective schooling and decent medical care and who want to be able to drive without the fear of some scumbag hijacking or killing them.

I get the feeling that the government of the day doesn’t really care about the people leaving for greener pastures in foreign countries where they are better off. It’s no wonder that people are having second thoughts about investing here.

They have lost confidence in the government .The problem is that there is no real deterrent to anybody with criminal intensions. This government has no guts. It is soft and therefore not respected or feared. The nonsense about human rights is old news. It’s a war out there and the sooner the decision-makers come to terms with this, the better it will be for all of us.

Umdoni Municipality Audit Report Umdoni always boasts about receiving a clean audit, but for the 2015/2016 financial year, it received an unqualified report, meaning it is not a clean audit report. The auditor should point out where the problem has arisen.

Luthuli should be made to answer for the wrongs, so that the ratepayers and residents of Umdoni will know whether Luthuli did a wonderful job, or just sat in his office and did not care what happened to Umdoni. In the US jobs are not reserved for just one race. In the United States, race is generally something of the past – Blacks and Whites have all moved to higher positions in office, in all spheres of life. All races are treated equally. A white-owned company can have a Black manager or head of department or even a chairman of the board.

Black Americans have also attained positions in white-owned companies interviewing candidates for vacancies and when Blacks or Whites or Asians are interviewed, the interviewer has an open mind and won’t simply favour a Black candidate, but will employ a person on merit. This is the reason America is advancing. Unlike in South Africa, a Black interviewer will favour a Black for a job, whose appointment may not be on merit. South Africa must move away from its affirmative action policy and must employ people on merit, irrespective of race or colour, who are experienced and qualified for the job.

Then watch South Africa moving to new heights and ironing out the many problems we have today, The ANC government must think of a new strategy, where not every opportunity is for the Blacks of the country, rendering many thousands of qualified Whites, Coloureds and Indians jobless. They are part and parcel of South Africa. Why must they be discriminated against? I look upon the ANC government as racist. Bring back the rod in schools.

The need for corporal punishment at schools, is, in my opinion, is absolutely necessary.

Children today are undisciplined. They behave in a disgraceful manner, showing little or no respect for anyone, especially their elders. Some of them, aged between 10 and 16 are often seen smoking, abusing drugs and using fool language. It should be the prerogative of school principals to deal with delinquent children in the best way that they can.

If they need a spanking, then it should be applied and a parent should not interfere in any way. It should be a matter between the principal and the child. Discipline should start at school level, as this is an arena for learning. In the past when a child got a spanking, it did him a world of good.

If a parent does not approve of corporal punishment, then why send a child to school? After all, discipline and respect, coupled with manners, are part of the curriculum for the upbringing of a child.

Many parents are failing in their duties, as they are engaged at work and have little contact with their children, but when a child is punished at school for some reason, the parents make war on the school principal. It really is a shame. I believe that the good old corporal punishment should be re-introduced, with restrictions, that won’t lead to abuse by school principals. It would do a world of good in bringing about discipline and respect in our children.

Ugu has created a dangerous situation in the Umzinto CBD. A sewer pipe leak has sprung up just near to the entrance to St. Patrick’s Road. After it was reported to Ugu District Municipality, along came their man, dug a large hole and worked on it for four days.

The shabbily cordoned-off section was a danger to motorists and the public. Suddenly the man came back, re-dug the hole, and after a few hours, filled the hole. After a few days, the man arrived again to re-dig the hole, and within a few hours, the hole was sand-filled. All this process of digging and filling the hole took over 2 weeks.

There is a mound of sand left on the road and there are no proper signs to warn motorists and public alike of the danger.

These are incompetent workers. I would like to see a communication officer leave his cosy office and come to Umzinto to see for himself the state of affairs created by the workers. How can we have such a situation in the CBD?

It is a busy road and is named after Nelson Mandela.

What an insult to him. I have said it before and I say it again loudly, that Ugu needs urgent reorganizing, and it must be without comrades who seem to have no sense of direction.

 

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Ismail Moolla

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