South Africans: Be Warned !!!
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.