Toi­let pol­i­tics cre­at­ing a stink

Weekend Witness - - Opinion - with DUMA PEWA

THE stench from what has be­come a na­tional, and may be­come an in­ter­na­tional, toi­let saga con­tin­ues to take over our lives and re­mains high on the agenda of politi­cians tak­ing part in next week’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

First it was the Demo­cratic Al­liance that made the head­lines for the wrong rea­sons in the Mak­haza District of the Cape by agree­ing to build toi­lets that were not en­closed, for res­i­dents. The party claimed that res­i­dents had agreed to en­close the toi­lets them­selves at their own costs. The DA should have known bet­ter, but who can ex­pect politi­cians to look be­yond what they see with the naked eye?

It has now come to light that the ANC-run mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Ram­mu­lotsi in the Free State had also in­stalled open toi­lets for res­i­dents in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

It was rich of the ANC to go af­ter the DA in the man­ner in which it did, es­pe­cially as it was guilty of the same act.

How dare the ANC set a stan­dard that it can­not meet it­self?

Talk about talk be­ing cheap. It’s talk­ing the talk and fail­ing to walk the walk.

Mem­bers of the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties may have to wait for the next elec­tions be­fore they are to get any joy with those toi­lets.

As au­thor and poet Kgafela Oa Ma­gogodi asked in one of his mas­ter­pieces — why fart and no shit?

Politi­cians con­tinue to miss the point and ask the wrong ques­tions.

In­stead of giv­ing us last­ing so­lu­tions, the one party is too keen to por­tray the other as wrong, while both par­ties are in the wrong on this one.

This re­minds me of a col­umn in which I wrote that politi­cians, while they may be­long to dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties, are all cut from the same cloth.

Like cops and mem­bers of the mafia, they pro­tect each other and build a wall around them­selves, de­fend­ing each other re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

We all know that par­ties dis­agree on ev­ery­thing but a rise in mem­bers’ pay and greater fringe ben­e­fits, which re­ceive unan­i­mous sup­port, al­most.

We should not ex­pect much from politi­cians and it is un­fair to ex­pect more than they are al­ready giv­ing us, which is a lot to ex­pect from peo­ple who can’t or­gan­ise an orgy in a whore­house.

While all the mud-sling­ing con­tin­ues, where does this leave the res­i­dents who are sup­posed to be mak­ing use of the toi­lets? On the edge of their toi­let seats? I would not hold my breath if I were them. Mind you, with all the fart­ing go­ing on be­tween the par­ties, hold­ing their breath may be the way to go.

I have some ad­vice for the ANC: do not throw dirt if you live in a glass house be­cause it will look like it has been rain­ing mud and you will be left with muck on your face.

Ei­ther way, it will not look pretty or smell good.

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