When boredom sets in
Wikipedia describes boredom as an emotional and occasionally psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.
This sounds a perfect description of the hullabaloo that is currently unfolding at Matsapha Municipality.
My honest take about this storm in a cup of tea at the municipality is that someone somewhere is seriously bored. And, true to the assertion that whenever an individual is left without anything to do they get bored; someone is clearly up to mischief.
Yes, boredom leads to mischief. This fits perfectly the noise that has been perpetrated by a group of fully grown up men.
Never mind that one of them is an old grumpy man, who in his ageing senses, thinks he owns the whole of Matsapha. He is the stirrer of trouble in Matsapha whenever there is conflict.
Some years back, the very same old man gave former CEO Gciniwe Fakudze a hell of a ride… now he is at it again.
But that’s just one side of this whole selfinflicted crisis that we have all watched from afar playing itself out in the public domain for the past month or so. Then comes another old man, am sure also in a grumpy mood, to join the fray.
Somebody tell me how Army Commander Sobantu Dlamini finds himself in all of this mess at Matsapha Council. It's still beneath me. Boredom perhaps.
Sobantu, totally oblivious of the hot potato he is attracting for himself, goes and bites the poisoned chalice he is being fed by ousted Mayor Sandlane Zwane.
This comes after the army issued a statement through its publicist Tengetile Khumalo giving Matsapha Ward Two Councillor Mfanufikile Dlamini, who is a soldier, a sevenday ultimatum to decide if he was employed by the army or Matsapha Municipality. How efficient from the army, you wonder. The strongly worded statement basically made it clear to the maligned Dlamini that he must leave his position in Matsapha.
Of course, it should be a no brainer which of the two the poor soldier chooses. For obvious reasons, the soldier knows very well where his bread is buttered and therefore you can’t expect anything less, especially when he gets threatened with his livelihood.
I mean who gets threatened with his job and looks the other way? Afterall, we all know that the soldier doesn’t draw a salary from Matsapha but is only eligible for a retainer.
That is what brings me to today’s article; why in the world did Sobantu, of all the critical problems besieging the army, stoop so low? Why did he allow himself to be manipulated by the obviously disgruntled and des- perate Zwane? Why did Sobantu for his all-mighty position descend to a low level to victimise the poor soldier?
What makes this soldier different from all the civil servants who are employed by government but at the same time holding public office in a number of institutions in the country?
As we speak, there are many government officers in other municipalities in the country. Should we then ask all civil servants who are currently in many boards, where they are drawing a retainer, to also relinquish their positions?
I believe not… unless of course you are Sobantu. If anything, the old man should have maximised on the soldier’s exposure to politics and used his experience to the army’s advantage.
Not Sobantu, instead he jumped at the chance to prove to the soldier that he calls the shots. How vindictive.
For all the numerous problems in the army, you even wonder Sobantu is still there. Then he comes and bullies a junior officer? Who does that? His reaction to this issue was knee-jerk at best, and totally inconsiderate. I believe he didn’t apply his mind but instead was happy to jump at the chance to please his two buddies.
He allowed himself to be manipulated by the two individuals. God knows what they have on him or what will be his reward. I leave it at that but things have a funny way of blowing up in the face.
As an elder, Sobantu should have carefully applied himself on the matter and thoroughly consulted before jumping to a conclusion. How he allowed Sandlane to use him still beats my thinking.
Zwane clearly has ulterior motives in the whole saga and he is dragging everyone into the mess he created on his own.
How did Sobantu not see this coming? I believe that is where boredom comes in. The old man is too bored.
Perhaps, he's already contemplating an unknown future out there. For a man who is already living on borrowed time, Sobantu should not be involved in such shady dealings with people like Sandlane.
This also applies to the other old man who is behind the whole mess in Matsapha. You wonder why these bored old men are forcing an innocent councillor to dump his position. Just because he refused to be manipulated by Sandlane?
We know very well that Zwane has been targeting all the councillors that he believed were not on his side. It makes you wonder, therefore, what’s all this noise about… what’s in it for Sandlane in all of this?
I can never buy the story that he is trying to protect the council. From who? If anything, I think the council needs protection from people like him. The aggressive manner he’s been pursuing this matter suggests there’s seriously a lot at stake at the council.
What’s the use of electing councillors if they are going to be bullied by one individual? How could just one man hold the entire establishment and country at ransom? It's ludicrous.
Me thinks, we need more councillors like Mfanufikile Dlamini who are going to stand firm against all forms of abuse and manipulations at the hands of power-hungry and greedy individuals.
That is why you have to give the Matsapha councillors all credit for finally slaying Van Damme after what has been a two-month standoff, never mind that it took a different venue (at the police station to be precise) other than the Matsapha Municipality chambers.
With Van Damme finally slayed, we look forward to peace and calm in Matsapha. Thankfully, the ministry of housing and urban development has been quick in bringing order at the troubleriddled council.
We hope the probe announced by Minister Prince Simelane will unearth the real problems in Matsapha. We are tired of the blood thirsty wolves masquerading in sheep skin.
Army Commander Sobantu Dlamini.