Saturday, August 15, 2009

Something is wrong, very wrong

Another good piece by LLewellyn Kriel but I have to ask: Do we take the views of Born-Again Naysayers like Kriel (and there are now many others like him) who vehemently supported the transition from white rule to black rule more.. or less?

When we original naysayers were predicting the situation unfolding before us in South Africa today 15 years ago, we were told to stop the negativity, the new dispensation would work. Not willing to risk the voyage, we took our stuff and trekked. One million passengers left the Good Ship South Africa. Now that the rats are also deserting the ship, isn't it time to start paying more careful attention?

Llewellyn Kriel

You know that numinous, uncomfortable feeling you get when you sense that something is very wrong?

It kind of ties a knot in your belly just below your breastbone and sometimes even hurts at your temples and between your shoulder blades. Your brows involuntarily furrow and your eyes widen as your pulse quickens.

And what’s most unnerving is that there doesn’t seem a rational explanation for your anxiety, your sense of foreboding, that gnawing empty dread.

Scientists believe it is not unlike the super-sense animals display just ahead of a disaster. Dogs, horses, rats and cats have been reported to get highly agitated before an earthquake. The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami claimed more than 230 000 lives, but there were very few reports of animal deaths. In fact, several reports mentioned monkeys in low-lying areas fleeing to higher ground before anyone even knew there had been an offshore earthquake. This phenomenon has been repeated dozens of times where natural disasters have occurred. Only pets and livestock, deprived of escape routes, have suffered.

That tingly, uncomfortable sensation we get without any real evidence that something is wrong could be a throwback to primeval days when we had to rely on all our senses to alert us to danger. While most of us tend to pooh-pooh such “superstitious nonsense”, overflowing with scientific hubris, people in the frontlines of danger — firemen, soldiers, policemen and even martial arts experts — actually practise to hone their “sixth sense” to give them even the slightest edge over danger or an opponent.

Reports of perfectly rational ordinary people sensing “something is wrong” are simply too numerous to dismiss. And scientists don’t dismiss them at all. In fact, the more they research and analyse and experiment, the greater becomes their conviction that there is credible evidence to support the view these sensations are real. We just don’t know exactly how they work.

And what is more, research supports the view that this sensory acuity is indeed higher in some people than in others. That shouldn’t be surprising either — many people have better-than-average hearing, vision, taste, touch and smell, just as there are millions with IQs higher than 140, the debatable but generally accepted cut-off point above which the terms “highly gifted” or “genius” are bandied about.

So where is all this blah-blah going, you ask.

Well, it’s actually me asking the question. I’m neither prescient, nor are my senses particularly acute (in fact, my sight is poor and my sense of smell in doubt despite giving up smoking a decade ago) and even if my IQ is 149, it doesn’t enter into this debate at all. I want to know if you get the feeling too — as I do — that something is going very, very wrong in South Africa?

Even better, are you able to put your finger (or fingers) on what it is?

Judging by comments in response to my most recent blog both here and internationally where it has been picked up and disseminated further, the answer is “Yes!”. Then take into consideration not one or two, but scores of vastly divergent media, and you instantly realise the perception is mounting inexorably that South Africa is headed in completely the wrong direction; that the Zuma regime is dragging us surreptitiously but deliberately and unmistakably down the disastrous spiral towards old style centrist, authoritarianism that characterised the USSR, Cuba under Fidel Castro, China under Mao Zedong and North Korea under Kim Jong Il.

And that would be a disaster for a country alive with possibility.

Zuma recently passed his 100 days in office and we have yet to see evidence of any of his pre-election promises.

Where is the greater transparency he promised?

Where is the plan to deal with the economic crisis?

Where are the 300 000 jobs from public works projects (instead he’s supporting calls for unpaid “volunteerism” when one-and-half-million unemployed people are so disillusioned they’ve given up even looking for a job any more)?

Where are the clampdowns on corruption, the uncompromising stands on service delivery, the improvements in public healthcare and education?

The only things I’ve seen are the increasing number of invasive, privacy-eroding and anti-freedom laws such as the obnoxious Rica (that goes along with the equally pointless and shameful Fica), platitudinous inanities and empty promises at public rallies, the appointment of a political stooge who dresses and behaves like Al Capone as portrayed so memorably by Robert De Niro in The Untouchables as chief of police (against the advice of the top brass of SAPS and every law and order expert in the country) and a mannequin in a suit at international meetings that wears the demeanour of haughty hubris, but comes across as the stupid kid in calculus class too embarrassed to admit he’s in the wrong place.

Does a head of state allow himself to be dragged by the nose through the dirt by his own comrades like Vavi and the certifiable Malema?

Does a president give his own supporters just cause to make a mockery of his office, burning, pillaging and trashing the streets where next year that president expect hundreds of thousands of tourists to walk?

Does “the man with plan” look as clueless as Zuma does in the latest edition of Newsweek? [the masses elected a moron with a grade 5 education, say no more - Ed.]

As for his acolytes and disciples … well, between Foolish Malema, Out-of-Touch Tokyo and Jellybean Jeff they can’t even muster a plausible response to millions of rands that have gone walk-about again, service delivery riots and revelations about covert and clandestine arms supplies (yes, arms … again!) that have prompted global outrage and earned South Africa international opprobrium as a “rogue state”.

Fifteen years after we threw off the hideous mantle of polecat of the world, Zuma and his cabal will have us don it once again.

I, for one, find that deeply distressing and as we work to create a place to which the world will throng next year, as disastrous as any earthquake or tsunami. I have the unshakeable sensation that something is wrong, much worse in fact than even my recurring nightmares about this beautiful, beloved, blessed country.

6 Opinion(s):

Islandshark said...

You know, some of us could see this 15 - 20 years ago. Just like some of us could tell you in February 2008 that Obama was a fraud and full of crap.

But what did you NOT GET about the communist backing of the ANC for all these decades? Which parts of Marxism and Socialism do you NOT UNDERSTAND? What did you NOT LEARN about the history of the rest of Africa? What did you NOT REALISE the effects of continual appeasement by Whitey would be?

Which definitions of terrorism, corruption, savagery, anti-white sentiments, black racism and utter incompetence could you respectively NOT APPLY to Mandela, Black African rule, Mugabe / lists of other Black African dictators after "democracy", the white liberals, Obama / Jesse Jackson / Al Sharpton / Martin Luther King and Mbeki?

You know, a good friend of mine always said there unfortunately exists no medication for common sense or ball sense for those who don't possess it. You either have it, or you don't.

Pensioner said...

I get that feeling when I see and hear the "taxi industry" talking of their " infringed rights" and "Intelectual Property" wherever the Rapid Bus Transport issue comes up and they threaten "violent Demonstrations" if they are not accomodated.
I feel it when Malema sprouts his idiotic crap, there is more to that idiot than meets the eye and I am sure that he has the full backing of jz.
I feel it when they talk of the 2010 World Cup. I don't give a toss for soccer, but I am scared shitless of what will happen when the final wistle blows and all the overseas visitors have left. I believe that is going to be the time for all rational thinking South Africans to be ready for an all out onslaught by the commie bastards.

Doberman said...

@ Islandshark, precisely. If I give a knife to a child, do I not think that the child might injure itself? Do I need to wait and see if it happens?

If I tell you that hitting your thumb with a hammer is painful, do you need to hit your own thumb to make sure or will you take my word that it is true?

At what point and what will you risk to see if things turn out differently?

The writing was on the wall BEFORE 1994 yet many people just refused to believe it.

Anonymous said...

Do the math!

The tax burden on South Africa's few million taxpayers will ramp up by about another 9%.

There are only 5.3m taxpayers in the country and 1.2m of these pay 75% of all personal and company tax collected.

These people will be expected to fork out an extra R210bn. The tax burden of only a few million people from 27% to 37%.

This is unsustainable for a country with the smallest number of taxpayers and the highest rate of taxation," he argues.

As matters stand, South Africa is already the country with the highest proportion of people depending on social grants.

Currently 13m or 26% of the population depend on these grants. In other words, each taxpayer is responsible for two people's social grants.

Schüssler says the national health system will cost up to R200bn. Currently the government is spending R52bn on healthcare and R74bn is being contributed to medical schemes.

This, he says, could cost R3 000 to R4 000 a month. For people in the lower income groups who are currently paying no tax at all this would absorb half of their salaries.

OK - Now for BASIC math:

Why are you going to pay for a medical aid scheme when you get the same serivce as the guy who does not contribute.

52 + 74 does not equal 200

Anonymous said...

I read this comment on the original blog from Siobhan which is so true so I share it with you:

I think what you are sensing is the undercurrent which is pushing the ANCYL/Cosatu/SACP/MKVeterans agenda. Despite the fact that Vavi, Blade, Juju, Duarte, Motshekga, Mantashe, et al seem to be acting erratically, they are all following the same script: subversion of the Constitutional state and its replacement with pseudo-socialist authoritarianism–or a dictatorship if Zuma feels sufficiently undermined and decides to pull a Mugabe.

The undercurrent is evident in what Zuma DOES not in what he says which changes from minute to minute. He pays lip service to the rule of law and makes a succession of appointments to undermine the law (Cele, Ncgobo, etc).

That ‘knot’ you are feeling is the lack of single, identifiable leader of the cabal. Zuma is a mere figurehead whose only real power base is the MK vets and the military who benefited from the arms deal–the pivot around which the Zuma coup d’etat revolved. Mbeki’s removal was a coup, not a ‘recall’. It was illegal. He should have been impeached, not arbitrarily replaced. I am not an Mbeki fan but the Constitution provides the mechanism for dealing with such cases and I am a fan of Constitutional Democracy.

As long as the puppet-master remains behind the curtain and lets the useful idiots (all of those named above plus minions) appear to run the show, critics are denied a central target on which to focus. ‘Collective’ rule… It ’s bullshit on tap.

Successive strikes, rioting, violence, escalating crime, corruption in places high and low and failure to take action when wrongdoing is uncovered… What happens when a country descends into such chaos?

When it gets really intolerable, people scream for a ‘leader’, a ’strong man’, someone like Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler,or an Ayotallah… Whom does chaos serve? The dictator-in-waiting: a Zuma, a Malema, a Hlophe, any one of them or the dozens of others like them.

Part ‘playboy’, part good ol’ boy, part buffoon, and not above using ‘God’ and religion to wrap himself in Teflon before doing something profoundly anti-democratic such as the appointment of Ncgubo: Zuma has no moral centre and an infinite capacity for hypocrisy. Zuma’s ego is SA’s biggest enemy–mirrored in Malema and the rest of looney left-overs from the Soviet era. Ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and cupidity combined with the lust for power and enjoyment of dissolution and destruction are the hallmarks of the dictatorship in the making.

No wonder you feel profoundly uneasy, Llewellyn. We all should.

FishEagle said...

Anon 10:56 Great comment!