If you missed it, Part 3 is here.
There are exceptions to almost everything but the stereotypical politician, at least every one i’ve met so far, literally plays a game with our lives whilst earning fat pay cheques and power that can be abused. If you remove your cultural blinds, you’ll realize that the DA and the ANC have failed us. COPE and the ACDP are a joke. The only major item Knysna politicians agreed upon was a pay increase. This after they’d said there was no money but later, hypocritically stated, that the town was not bankrupt. Their tongues fork in whatever direction that’s convenient for them.
Voting a party into office because of the colours of our skin, or promises they make that we do not demand they keep, or without knowing their CV, is sheer foolhardiness with consequences we deserve. Even then, our stupidity does not dispel the myth that we live in a democracy. We don’t because there is no system in place to make politicians responsible for their lies or poor job performance. They receive their enormous salaries so long as they don’t anger someone bigger than them in their party. Not calling participatory, public meetings or answering calls and emails is an insult to the public. They treat us with contempt when they do not do what they were elected to do!
We need better leaders!
There is always more that can be said, arguments made but possibly the biggest one that i hadn’t mentioned was that you cannot help someone who will not help them self. Do charity because it’s practical, not for charity’s sake. Help people grow. A little bit of your time helping others is also an investment into your future. And ensure that there is oversight. Some “charities” are charities to themselves.
Knysna is more than the pretty town. She is home. Let’s treat her as such. Knysna is worth fighting for.