Dark sea­son of lu­nacy

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Dar­ryl van Aswegen

WHEN felons gov­ern, re­gres­sion is in­evitable. May 12 2009 sounded the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a despot forced upon us by the rul­ing party.

He will be re­mem­bered as the hu­man wreck­ing­ball who tried in vain to ac­com­plish in his eight years of of­fice, that which took Mu­gabe decades.

Thank good­ness we have less than six months be­fore this men­ace (think An­golan Dos San­tos) will be re­moved as leader and lit­tle over year be­fore they will be ex­iled into the po­lit­i­cal wilder­ness where they will be pur­sued for ev­ery wrong they have in­flicted on the peo­ple of this coun­try.

Like Ham­man­skraal be­came too small for “week­end spe­cial” Des, so too will South Africa be to all those who fed from the trough of cor­rup­tion and self-ful­fil­ment.

What a roller-coaster ride this has been. Down goes the value of the cur­rency (60%), along with our in­ter­na­tional rat­ing and eth­i­cal stand­ing. And up goes our un­em­ploy­ment (28%), so­cial grant re­cip­i­ents (9 mil­lion), house­hold debt and bla­tant in­stances of cor­rup­tion.

The fact that ev­ery ac­tion or strat­egy of this des­per­ate gov­ern­ment is found want­ing and un­con­sti­tu­tional as the lost court cases epit­o­mise, speaks vol­umes as to the dearth of proper lead­er­ship and skill in the rul­ing party.

When its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee cow­ered to the threat of the new Dubai cit­i­zen­ship holder, I shiv­ered, not in fear but in anger.

They had will­ingly be­come com­pla­cent to the deeds of a man who has been ex­posed to be a crim­i­nal in the league of that of Idi Amin. This is not an “African thing” which is be­ing com­mit­ted but it is im­moral.

I refuse to ac­cept that the peo­ple of this great coun­try will al­low it to en­dure. I ap­peal to po­lit­i­cal as­pi­rants to earnestly de­liver the cit­i­zenry with a suit­able al­ter­na­tive.

As South Africans we do not deserve to be “trumped” into a new era of so­cial in­jus­tice and crim­i­nal­ity as is the cur­rent state of the na­tion.

As a peo­ple we must be­lieve that we shall over­come this dark sea­son of ab­so­lute lu­nacy. Buc­cleuch, Sand­ton

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