Getting the state budget back on track
Following finance minister Malusi Gigaba’s disastrous mini-budget speech in Parliament at the end of October, a person named Felix who called in to SAFM shared the following analogy:
“This is like a situation where the father goes to blow all his money on booze and prostitutes, and then comes home broke to his wife and kids and make proposals on how they budget for education, rent and food, and even proposing the home appliances be sold to cover the shortage.
“But the problem is spending money on booze and prostitutes. So until government stops bleeding money through corruption, the budget reforms cannot be sincere.”
The root of all evil
The Godfather, accompanied by his stockbroker, goes to meet with his accountant.
The Godfather asks the accountant: “Where’s the 3m bucks you embezzled from me?”
The accountant doesn’t answer. The Godfather repeats the question. The stockbroker interrupts: “Sir, the man is a deaf-mute and cannot understand you, but I can interpret for you.” The Godfather growls: “Well, ask him where the @#!* the money is.”
The stockbroker, using sign language, asks the accountant where the $3m is. The accountant signs back: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The stockbroker interprets to the Godfather: “He doesn’t know what you’re talking about.”
The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to the temple of the accountant, cocks the trigger and says: “Ask him again where the @#!* my money is!”
The stockbroker signs to the accountant: “He wants to know where it is!”
The accountant signs back: “Okay! Okay! The money’s hidden in a suitcase behind the shed in my backyard!”
The Godfather says: “Well, what did he say?”
The stockbroker responds: “He says that you don’t have the guts to pull the trigger.”