Truth of our prob­lem is ig­nored

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NOW IT’S the turn of fo­cus­ing on plas­tic chok­ing the sea. Yes­ter­day, it was con­cen­trat­ing on run­away chop­ping of trees. Now glass made out of sea sand is be­ing crushed and re­cy­cled to pro­duce sand “which is re­turned to seashores ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ris­ing ocean lev­els and the sub­se­quent ero­sion of nat­u­ral shore­lines”.

Crime is out of con­trol world­wide. Wars for scarce re­sources, dis­guised as ide­o­log­i­cal or re­li­gious, con­tinue. Proper nu­tri­tion, de­cent hous­ing, ef­fec­tive ed­u­ca­tion and qual­ity par­ent­ing have all plunged into an ir­re­versible vor­tex.

And in­stead of recog­nis­ing this is solely to do with ab­so­lute over­pop­u­la­tion, lead­ers con­tinue to shift from the truth and speak about godly, con­sti­tu­tional hu­man rights and other ridicu­lous utopian prin­ci­ples that just won’t work.

The real crime against hu­man­ity is the in­dis­putable fact that all lead­ers of the world have col­lec­tively failed the rest of us by bla­tantly ig­nor­ing this one gen­uine truth and, in­stead of leav­ing all else aside and am­i­ca­bly find­ing ways and means of con­trol­ling the world’s pop­u­la­tion, are fo­cus­ing on is­sues that are not dis­eases but symp­toms of the only real mother of epi­demics.

Ig­nor­ing run­away pop­u­la­tion growth is worse than try­ing to fill wa­ter in a bucket rid­dled with holes. EBRAHIM ESSA Dur­ban

Gov­ern­ment has failed its peo­ple

THE GOV­ERN­MENT’S in­abil­ity to act against crim­i­nals means it has mis­er­ably failed its peo­ple.

South Africa is be­ing called a flawed state with un­con­trol­lable crime, and tourists are in­stead look­ing at other des­ti­na­tions.

The crime here makes the Wild West look like a pic­nic spot.

Elec­tions are around the cor­ner and the gov­ern­ment must con­sider the plight of law-abid­ing cit­i­zens rather than the rights of crim­i­nals whose morals are be­low those of an­i­mals.

A ur­gent ref­er­en­dum must be held so the pub­lic can de­ter­mine whether to re­in­state cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment and es­tab­lish a gun­free South Africa.

Fail­ing to ad­dress this is­sue means we will fail to place a cross as the elec­torate on elec­tion day.

Po­lit­i­cal pun­dits take note. Make the right de­ci­sion be­fore this beloved coun­try of ours ends up be­ing ruled by a bunch of or­gan­ised crim­i­nals.

LALLO M HARI­RAM umh­langa FNB’S ra­dio ad­vert of moo(t) in­ter­est

CUR­RENTLY be­ing aired on Safm is an ad from First Na­tional Bank which waxes lyri­cal about some fi­nan­cial prod­uct, the name of which es­capes me.

I as­cribe this lapse in con­cen­tra­tion to the fact that the ad opens with glow­ing ref­er­ences to three dif­fer­ent types of cow, each of which is fol­lowed by a moo. The nar­ra­tor then in­forms lis­ten­ers that the FNB cash cow is the one for them, fol­lowed by an­other moo.

Hard on the heels of this sym­phony of low­ing comes in­for­ma­tion about the prod­uct it­self, but this is lost in the sheer won­der of the mo­ment.

With tears in my eyes I try to en­vis­age teams of copy­writ­ers pre­par­ing this for the client’s ap­proval. And se­nior mar­ket­ing man­agers at FNB slap­ping one an­other on the shoul­ders amid cries of “bril­liant, fan­tas­tic, won­der­ful”. Need­less to say, the ad fin­ishes with yet an­other moo.

The mind bog­gles.

JOHN GAR­DENER

How­ick

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