Thought for the day

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PER­FECT peo­ple? No.

Per­fect messes? You bet.

Yet God used them. A sur­pris­ing and wel­come dis­cov­ery of the Bi­ble is this: God uses fail­ures.

Max Lu­cado

ISAW a very in­ter­est­ing thing on web this week. It was about a white fam­ily stay­ing in Kim­ber­ley but liv­ing in a tent some­where in Minerva Gar­dens.

It was writ­ten in a very “ag shame, let us all feel sorry for them” type of way.

Is it the pub­li­ca­tion and the jour­nal­ist’s way of say­ing Kim­ber­ley res­i­dents should feel sorry for them just be­cause they are white?

I have just re-read the story again and nowhere does the cou­ple say that they are ac­tu­ally ac­tively look­ing for em­ploy­ment to get them­selves out of the sit­u­a­tion they cur­rently find them­selves in.

In­stead, they carry on about how they have been from pil­lar to post to try and find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Also, ac­cord­ing to the story, when peo­ple re­ported these white squat­ters to the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties – a very up­right and hon­ourable thing to do – they were of­fered a shanty in the town­ship which they could pay off. This they re­fused.

Se­ri­ously?

A cou­ple of months ago we had the same sit­u­a­tion in the mid­dle of town where a cou­ple of squat­ters also erected tents. They were sum­mar­ily re­moved.

Now, the glar­ing ques­tion here is why were they re­moved and not these ones?

I do not un­der­stand the think­ing of the squat­ters in Minerva Gar­dens and also I do not know the finer de­tails of the rea­son­ing of them be­ing put out of the car­a­van park where they were stay­ing.

Ob­vi­ously there must have been a rea­son and we can’t judge un­less we have all the facts.

A lot has been writ­ten about white squat­ter camps around South Africa. Ac­cord­ing to a Bri­tish news site there are ap­prox­i­mately 80 white squat­ter camps dot­ted around South Africa.

Yes, I un­der­stand that a lot of white peo­ple have fallen on hard times and peo­ple are forced to pro­vide shel­ter for them­selves and fam­ily no mat­ter what.

How­ever, we as South Africans need to start look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture.

No mat­ter what, we are al­ways go­ing to have a squat­ter prob­lem in our coun­try.

In 1994, if mem­ory serves cor­rectly, for the ANC to get the vote res­i­dents were promised free hous­ing, health care and ed­u­ca­tion.

It has now been 24 years and res­i­dents still don’t have hous­ing. Some don’t have ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices which is tes­ta­ment to the amount of protest ac­tion our Prov­ince has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing re­cently.

Now, af­ter all this time ques­tions are be­ing asked through the in­quiry into state cap­ture what hap­pened to the money that was sup­posed to pro­vide hous­ing, health care ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion, run­ning water and elec­tric­ity to South African res­i­dents.

How­ever, the most glar­ing as­pect of all of this is that our “in crises” Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is do­ing noth­ing about this re­cent squat­ting in­ci­dent or, in fact, noth­ing to pro­vide ser­vices to the cit­i­zens of Kim­ber­ley.

In­stead they close up shop and award them­selves salary in­creases.

In­stead of al­low­ing the il­le­gal squat­ting to con­tinue on mu­nic­i­pal land, pro­vide them with houses and al­low busi­nesses who want to pur­chase the land to de­velop it to have it. Well, not have it but be in a po­si­tion to pur­chase it and they will also be more than likely be able to em­ploy those who des­per­ately need em­ploy­ment to pro­vide a proper roof over their heads.

I told my land­lady this week that if we ever get into an ar­gu­ment that I will take my things and go. She just needs to lend me a tent I can erect on a prime piece of land.

Hope­fully I will also be made the gen­er­ous of­fer of a shanty which will give me a fight­ing chance to one day be the proud owner of my own RDP house. WHILE EFF leader Julius Malema was threat­en­ing Fi­nance Min­is­ter Nh­lanhla Nene over his in­ter­ac­tions with the Gup­tas, the words of an­other char­ac­ter came to mind.

In March 2016, then so­cial de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini made her now in­fa­mous re­marks about fel­low ANC mem­bers who dared to speak out in pub­lic – “we all have smal­l­anyana skele­tons”.

The Rus­sians have coined a phrase for smal­l­anyana skele­tons: “kom­pro­mat” (com­pro­mis­ing ma­te­rial), the threat of pro­pa­ganda against po­lit­i­cal en­e­mies. Fast for­ward to this week, Malema’s cryp­tic clues posted on so­cial me­dia about Nene had all the hall­marks of kom­pro­mat.

The EFF promised to “ex­pose” Nene, de­mand­ing he re­sign, os­ten­si­bly for fail­ing to an­swer its ques­tions about his Gupta links.

The EFF claims the Gup­tas had rec­om­mended Nene as fi­nance min­is­ter; when he re­fused to en­ter­tain them, they moved on, first to Mce­bisi Jonas, then to Des van Rooyen.

By now we know Nene had sev­eral meet­ings with the Gup­tas, the last of which was in 2014, while he was deputy fi­nance min­is­ter and Pub­lic In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion board chair­man.

The next year, for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ap­proached Nene as fi­nance min­is­ter, about Trea­sury guar­an­tees for PetroSA. When he re­buffed the of­fer, Zuma raised the is­sue of “apartheid-era spies in­side Trea­sury”. A month later, an “in­tel­li­gence re­port” was leaked – a reg­u­lar chain of events un­der Zuma.

By the time Nene was asked to sign the R1 tril­lion Rus­sian nu­clear deal in De­cem­ber 2015, and again re­fused, Van Rooyen was in­stalled, and four days later re­placed by Pravin Gord­han.

Malema’s modus operandi al­most matches Zuma’s: threaten to re­lease com­pro­mis­ing ma­te­rial about per­ceived en­e­mies.

In­stead of tweet­ing, Malema should per­haps tes­tify un­der oath in Park­town.

His wild claims can then be tested; don’t hold your breath.

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