So I'm driving to work this am. As usual, the motor car wireless (car radio for you plebbs) is tuned in to Talk Radio 702. (A talk radio station, in case you all were wondering).
They were discussing the (perceived) rising crime situation in South Africa, prison breaks, robberies out of the serious and violent crime investigations units offices walk in safe, the murders, rapes, hijackings, and other normal day to day incidents. They also managed to get the esteemed member of parliament, the Minister Of Safety and Security on the blower (telephone - dummy).
After a short chit chat, he made the following comment:-
(Not verbatim) "The blacks have been living under these conditions for many years, it is only now that the previously white areas are experiencing what we blacks have had to live with all this time"
And what does he mean by this? That it's ok, cause what's good for the goose is good for the gander? Or, two wrongs do make a right? Or, we are not in control, and so now it's your problem?
What do I think? I think that the crime situation in the so called townships during the apartheid era was possibly higher then in the so called white Areas, but it was them against them. Their own doing it to themselves.
Now, with the new dispensation in place, instead of bringing all services / qualities of life up to an acceptable level, it's easier and cheaper to pull everything down.
So, good education has been replaced with poor to pathetic education.
Hospitals are virtual killing field - don't get me started on this
Roads are in a state. You guys swerve for the occasional pot hole. We swerve for the occasional lump of tar!! (I lie, it's not that bad, but not good either)
Cape Town has an ongoing televised warning system in place to lat them know when their power is going down. It happens so often that they broke all records for small power generator sales EVER earlier this year!
Policing is pathetic - more cops are crooked than ever - FACT.
Crime is rampant - probably seen as a natural extension of the RDP
Unemployment is at an all time high - and the people must eat
But, accordingg to him who must be obeyed, the crime stats to be released in September, (which are all of 18 month old) will show that the crime levels have dropped! How can he know this, if the numbers are still being collated / added / counted / collected? How can he know?
Cause he needs to ensure that they will be lower, and so they will!!!