Posted by: Jawellnofine on Jan 15, 2012
First, commiserations for 2011. Here’s to 21 December 2012. May we all live to see its passage and debunking; unless of course, it all comes true and this commentary would have been worthless!?
Recently I was taken in by a news report that received extremely little airplay on the mauling of a two year old Cape Town girl by a Rottweiler. A leash-less dog, that was left to its own devices by its owner, who in the end was only fined for the breach of public conduct, while the little girl had to endure much suffering, required stitches and hospital stay; and that is not even talking about the parental anguish.
What shook me is the fact that this story received little airplay while the so-called ‘modimolle monster’ story garnished all the air-play. I find the whole monstrous story over-subscribed, enormously hypothesized and full of voyeuristic hype.
What if the whole affair was a case of a game gone wrong? Who ‘dubbed’ the distasteful Kotze the ‘modimolle monster’? And I still would like to know how the little girl is fairing and what further steps are being taken against the negligent owner of the Rottweiler?
Still, I guess that the above is a lot easier to stomach than the prospects of war. Here I am referring to the unrest in Nigeria which is turning nasty, and the USA versus Iran conflict which is also turning nasty.
President Zuma, who is now Chairman of the Security Council at the United Nations for the month of January, in view of the above squabbles, stated that if the west did not interfere in Libya, that the general insurrection mindset would not have spilled into other parts of Africa. I understand why Presidents, Prime Ministers and other Leaders are afraid of insurrection, for it makes them uneasy about their stay in power, for the people can and will take over power if they put their minds to it.
The interesting part about the USA versus Iran confrontation is the indication that Russia and China are backing Iran. Talk about the demise of a has-been world power!?
The one bit of good news is the postponing of Gauteng’s e-tolling initiative by SANRAL (SA Roads Agency) and who are now willing to listen to the public outcry. Yet, in amongst the entire public mutiny, there were those who flocked (is this the correct word) to buy the prescribed e-tags. No wonder public-figures tend to take us the public with a pinch of salt.
Still, I have reservations about SANRALs intentions. Time will tell.
Shakespeare said it best when he penned the words: Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war. Given what the world is facing, those words kinda sound apt!?
By the way, the future of the white unemployment malady in South Africa lies in the domestic worker market, especially now that the worker’s friend Malema has endorsed the concept.