Listen up Helen, I’m givin’ ya pearls here!
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 20 April 2013. 11h45. No political party will ever win an election in South Africa for the next century or so without promising the poor what they can’t have. Period.
The temporary cleaner, Lindiwe, sharing a leaking shack without running water and electricity with her jobless, alky husband and pregnant junior high daughter and four potential juvenile delinquents sired by her illegitimate son serving time for rape will vote for the party who promises her a house and a job. Period.
Lindiwe does not care about the R125,874.73 the mayor used to buy gifts for his wife and children and mistresses and friends while on that fact finding mission to China that cost the ratepayers R867,932.58.
Lindiwe couldn’t be bothered with the potholes in Leafy Borough that the DA councillor forces on every council agenda.
Lindiwe doesn’t much care whether Helen Zille broke the Steve Biko murder story, or about the student life of Wilmot James – who?
And if Lindiwe does not get her house and a job within the next five years, she’ll accept that it’s really Apartheid’s fault and that cloud-cuckoo-land is about to emerge around her as long as she does not vote for party that may bring back Apartheid.
Not even the twisted twaddle of the “Untold Story” will interest Lindiwe. I scorn this “Untold Story” – click here for my commentary on the story.
Lindiwe wants a house and a job and whomever promises her that will get her vote.
You question my logic?
For crying in a bucket, how do you think preachers keep their churches full!?
The Lindiwes of our land hold the balance of power. Period.
Lie, and your chances to win elections increase wonderfully.
The ANC lies as it breathes. No, that is not a generalisation. It is also not farfetched. I give you CAR; Marikana; Nkandla. And that’s just the latest stuff. And not even everything current.
The DA has come along in strides of the recent past, however.
In Eden Helen Zille’s promises in the December 2012 Bitou by-election speaks to the point. What am I saying, it howls to the point!
The “Untold Story” of the “Know Your DA” Campaign clearly indicates that the DA has developed a strong, natural turn for prevarication and is improving its chances of victory at the ballot box in strides dwarfing such of tripple jump world champion Olha Saladuha. (I am referring to the female champ in the name of gender equality.)
The DA’s die-cast disingenuousness displayed in the twisted tommyrot of its “Untold Story”, gears it for unimaginable success next year.
Politicians. Its the one “profession” where lying is simply non-negotiable. And I am not being cantankerous, cross-grained or contrarious here – no politician can keep constituents happy and loyal by speaking to only one half of concerns! It’s not really a moral or ethical issue; its more like a mathematical and statistical matter.
Here’s a little gem, from way back when:
Finance Week reported on March 17, 1983, “Some years ago the then Minister of Bantu Administration, Mr. M. C. Botha, faithfully promised the whites of Port St Johns that their town would not be included in an independent Transkei. When the map of Transkei was drawn for independence Port St Johns was included. When challenged with his earlier statement, Botha retorted that he didn’t mean ‘promise’ in the ‘ordinary sense of the word’.”
The DA should lay claim to M. C. Botha in its heritage without delay – before the ANC does so!
How to win in 2014: Just keep on lyin’.
Twitter commentators have risen to the occasion and the indefatigable Chester Missing tweeted: “The problem with the term #KnowYourDA is it sounds like a genital disease awareness campaign. Are you DA positive? Protect your family, and get tested.”
I am a healthy Saffer: I is DA negative AND ANC negative, I is!
*It was my all time favourite actor, in his best role outside of the Godfather trilogy; Dog Day Afternoon; and In Justice for All, Al Pacino, whose character, Col Frank Slade, in Scent of a Woman, told his minder, Charlie: “ Are you listenin’ to me, son? I’m givin’ ya pearls here!” He also said, “I lied.”
• 1990. Maclennan, Ben. Apartheid The Lighter Side. Chameleon Press. Plumstead. 51.
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