Toilet politics creating a stink
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.