South Africans: Be Warned !!!

Lesotho Times - - Scrutator -

LADY Scru­ta­tor is seething. I am truly very an­gry. Very, very an­gry. It’s one thing for South Africans to ill-treat the rest of us on their side of the Maseru bor­der. How­ever, it’s to­tally an­other thing for them to try and sub­ject our King to sim­i­lar ill-treat­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion. That we should never tol­er­ate. Hell No! South Africans have truly crossed the line. Who do they think they are to try and ran­sack our King’s suit­cases? The South African po­lice of­fi­cers who ran­sacked and de­tained our King for more than an Hour are real scum­bags? On be­half of all the proud peo­ple of Le­sotho, Scru­ta­tor says to South Africans — to hell with you. Go and jump into the deep­est part of Katse Dam.

There is some­thing al­ways nau­se­at­ing about our South African broth­ers and sis­ters? They eas­ily for­get how they won their free­dom. They eas­ily for­get how the rest of Africa, par­tic­u­larly us who were in close prox­im­ity to the apartheid regime, suf­fered in fight­ing for their free­doms. It’s a shame that South Africans still don’t re­gard them­selves as part of Africa. They re­gard them­selves as some spe­cial breed or species of the hu­man race? What a huge pity.

Any­one who trav­els via the Maseru bor­der (al­most all of us ex­cept the boys in the moun­tains) will at­test to the filthy treat­ment that Ba­sotho get on the South African side of the bor­der. South African im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials would rather live their posts unat­tended, lock them­selves up in toi­lets while we wal­low in queues in hu­mid­ity or cold. It’s as if like Ba­sotho are some kind of trash in the eyes of these South Africans. Enough is Enough. Let’s heed the call to lock the bor­der next week.

The sit­u­a­tion has in­creas­ingly got­ten worse over the past few months and there is no respite. If the truth be told, South Africans just don’t want us in their coun­try. How else can one ex­plain the long queues that have be­come com­mon­place be­cause of the slow ser­vice by the South African im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials? How else can any­one ex­plain the seem­ingly fool­ish de­ci­sion to abol­ish the six month per­mits that used to al­low easy and fast pas­sage at the bor­der? What’s so spe­cial about open­ing and stamp­ing a pass­port that we should be made to queue for long pe­ri­ods.

Granted, we Ba­sotho can­not pro­duce our own chalk and pen­cils. We can­not pro­duce our own eggs and milk. But who is ben­e­fit­ing? It is the very same South Africans whose chalk, pen­cils, eggs and milk we con­sume. We buy all our needs from them? So what is their bloody prob­lem? Why should they con­tinue treat­ing us with such con­tempt?

It’s nev­er­the­less one thing for South Africans to treat the gen­er­al­ity of Ba­sotho bad. It is to­tally an­other thing for them to try and hu­mil­i­ate our King Let­sie, the very essence of our pride and na­tion­hood. That can­not be tol­er­ated.

All thumbs up to For­eign Min­is­ter Ntate Le­sego Mak­gothi for leav­ing no stone un­turned in protest­ing the hu­mil­i­a­tion of our King by those po­lice of­fi­cers?

But what is most in­fu­ri­at­ing is the man­ner in which the laugh­ing, danc­ing, gig­gling, singing and philandering Ja­cob Zuma ca­su­ally dealt with the mat­ter when it was brought be­fore him by Ntate Mak­gothi.

Re­count­ing the King’s or­deal, Ntate Mak­gothi said: “I sum­moned Ntate Moloto (the SA am­bas­sador to Le­sotho) and gave him a diplo­matic note to pass on to the South African gov­ern­ment de­tail­ing the ha­rass­ment and em­bar­rass­ment the King was sub­jected to when his cars were stopped and searched for over an hour.

“I de­manded a meet­ing with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in South Africa and un­for­tu­nately that fell on deaf ears. Two days later, I met with the Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane and re­quested him to write to then Pres­i­dent Zuma re­quest­ing a meet­ing over the is­sue. But Mr Zuma didn’t take this mat­ter se­ri­ously,” Mr Mak­gothi said.

Ntate Makhothi says Ntate Mot­soa­hae sub­se­quently raised the is­sue with Zuma at a meet­ing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but this fell on deaf ears as the for­mer pres­i­dent ca­su­ally re­torted that the is­sue would be dis­cussed on some un­spec­i­fied fu­ture date.

Should we at all be sur­prised by Zuma’s re­sponse? Here was a so called Pres­i­dent who re­duced his once mighty coun­try to a laugh­ing stock of the world.

When the is­sue was brought to Zuma’s at­ten­tion, he could not have taken it se­ri­ously be­cause he was think­ing of the trade in which he ex­cels most than any other hu­man be­ing; philandering.

Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki tried his best to bring South Africans close to the rest of Africa. He put Africa at the heart of South Africa’s for­eign pol­icy. He ini­ti­ated the New Part­ner­ship for Africa’s De­vel­op­ment (NEPAD) un­der which him and his peers, Oluse­gun Obasanjo, Ab­doulaye Wade, Ab­del Aziz Boute­flika and John Agyekum Ku­four sought im­proved gov­er­nance in Africa in ex­change of in­creased aid from the West. Mbeki at least re­alised how Africa had suf­fered in the anti-apartheid strug­gle and tried his best to ac­com­mo­date Africa.

En­ter one Ja­cob Ged­ley­ih­lek­isa Zuma and ev­ery­thing changed. Se­ri­ous pol­icy dis­course on Africa from Pre­to­ria ended. Mbeki’s con­ti­nen­tal legacy ini­tia­tives were thrown out of the win­dow. Apart from Idi Amin and “Em­peror” Jean Ber­trand Bokassa of the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Scru­ta­tor can­not think of any other leader who matches Zuma in terms of sheer buf­foon­ery. The only dif­fer­ence be­ing that while Bokassa was a com­plete mo­ron with no lee­way of change, and Amin, not only butchered his ad­ver­saries but also ate their tes­ti­cles — Zuma — when he is not busy philandering, at least sings, dances and gig­gles.

Still, how such a man could ever have risen to the pin­na­cle of state power to be tasked with lead­ing the most so­phis­ti­cated econ­omy in Africa shall for­ever as­ton­ish his­tory. Per­haps that’s the only rea­son we should also con­sider for­giv­ing South Africans over their ill-treat­ment of our King. By anoint­ing Zuma as Pres­i­dent in 2009, they showed they are not a se­ri­ous pop­u­la­tion. They are co­me­di­ans, just like their for­mer Pres­i­dent.

How on this earth can any cit­i­zenry queue at the polls to give the bless­ings to a com­plete buf­foon like Zuma to rule a coun­try. A man whose only qual­i­fi­ca­tion was to have shep­herded a few cat­tle and goats in Nkandla and could hardly write his name? Not only was Zuma the ul­ti­mate buf­foon, his en­tire cabi­net was also stuffed with the semilit­er­ates like his home-girl Batha­bile Dlamini.

In light of his ig­nor­ing the mis­treat­ment of our King de­spite an of­fi­cial diplo­matic protest and in light of his count­less mis­de­meanors, we Ba­sotho must cel­e­brate Zuma’s demise. I fol­lowed Zuma’s ca­reer too well to al­most read his mind. When he was served the let­ter protest­ing the ill-treat­ment of our King, his re­sponse would have been to laugh loud, gig­gle, sing and dance.

I tried to in­ter­view Zuma to­wards the 2013 Man­gaung con­fer­ence of the ANC at which he was re­tained as ANC Pres­i­dent. I was ush­ered into a room where the Pres­i­dent sat with a wide grin on his face. His body­guards walked out to give us space. This was un­usual as any Pres­i­dent would want to be in­ter­viewed in the pres­ence of his of­fi­cials in case of mis­quotes. I greeted him and asked my first ques­tion, Zuma gig­gled and I could swear it was my volup­tuous body he hwas dream­ing of. I ran to my car and sped off. So South Africans even­tu­ally did well to oust Zuma. He was never a se­ri­ous man. That’s per­haps the only rea­son why I will not give a damn that he ig­nored the se­ri­ous is­sue of our King be­ing ill-treated by the bor­der of­fi­cials. Re­mem­ber, Zuma was also the Pres­i­dent of Xeno­pho­bia. Xeno­pho­bic at­tacks on for­eign­ers surged un­der Zuma.

Be that as it may, we should re­ject any fur­ther ill-treat­ment of our­selves by South Africans. It’s a good thing that Cyril Ramaphosa’s new ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­alised the folly of Zuma’s ways. Lindiwe Sisulu has promised to visit to apol­o­gise to our King. That’s encouraging. But she should not only carry her tiny body and glam­our hand­bag to Maseru, she should bring with her­self a lot of cat­tle and sheep as a fine for the ill-treat­ment of His Majesty. It would then be up to the King to in­vite all his sub­jects for a feast at Se­sotho Sta­dium.

South Africans should re­alise that we suf­fered for their free­dom. Yes they have a larger coun­try, econ­omy and pop­u­la­tion, but they should never treat us as se­cond class Africans. South Africans have never re­ally re­cip­ro­cated for our suf­fer­ing dur­ing apartheid. Scru­ta­tor does not mind though. They can re­tain their keep. But what they should not do is in­sult us by tar­get­ing our King the way they did. They should not con­tinue be­rat­ing us by their mis­be­hav­ior on their side of the Maseru bor­der.

Our King is the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of our Ba­sothoness. King Let­sie is a good fam­ily man with a pretty queen and three cute kids. Con­trast that with Zuma who is a sym­bol of moral deca­dence with his 56 chil­dren (in­clud­ing three by a Ukra­nian woman), five wives and 189 girl­friends.

South Africans, be warned. Scru­ta­tor will not rest on her lau­rels while you hu­mil­i­ate our King. To that end, I am in full sup­port of Ntate Clifford Le­sego’s cam­paign and pe­ti­tion im­plor­ing South Africans to Re­spec­tourk­ing and Re­spect Ba­sotho. I am also in full sup­port of blockad­ing the bor­der gate next week.

We need to take a stand. Let’s protest at the hu­mil­i­a­tion that South Africans are con­tin­u­ously in­flict­ing on us. Let’s turn away their prod­ucts for at least a week even though we won’t have our al­ter­na­tives. Our dig­nity must come first. A week of shun­ning South African goods and ser­vices to prove a point will do us no per­ma­nent harm. But in the same vein, let’s re­mem­ber that our sal­va­tion will only come from us jet­ti­son­ing car washes and set­ting our own car assem­bly plants.

Let me end by apol­o­gis­ing — on my own be­half, my fam­ily, Bey­once, Jay Z, Pharell Wil­liams, Vladimir Putin, An­gela Merkel, Theresa May, Natty King Cole, God, Je­sus Christ and the en­tirety of civilised hu­man­ity for all the hu­mil­i­a­tion meted to Your Majesty by those scum­bag po­lice of­fi­cers. I take so­lace in the re­al­ity that the world re­spects and loves you. Let’s leave South Africans with their split headed Ged­ley­ih­lek­isa, whom I am told they will soon lock up. We will re­main in our King­dom with you, our hon­ourable and most hand­some Majesty. Ache!!! Scru­ta­tor is an in­de­pen­dent colum­nist who of­fers acer­bic satir­i­cal com­men­tary on cur­rent af­fairs and events hap­pen­ing in and around the King­dom. Like all colum­nists her stated views and opin­ions are of hers alone and they don’t re­flect the of­fi­cial po­si­tions of this news­pa­per, its direc­tors nor staff. — Ed­i­tor

HIS Majesty King Let­sie iii

for­mer SA Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

Le­sotho for­eign Min­is­ter Le­sego Mak­gothi.

SA in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu.

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