Lucky? You’re roughed-up, knocked down and your wallet and cellphone swiped, and your friends tell you how lucky you are
WHAT a strange country we live in! After being attacked and robbed in your home, your friends all express the same sentiment: “You were very lucky they weren’t armed.”
Lucky? You’re roughed-up, knocked down and your wallet and cellphone swiped, and your friends tell you how lucky you are.
I suppose if you fell down the stairs and broke an arm, your friends would tell you how lucky you are not to have broken your neck.
What a cheerful nation we are. Always looking on the bright side.
We probably have one of the most corrupt and inefficient governments in the world, but most of us just find that funny.
One of my friends said recently: “The ANC is not a party. It’s a gang.”
It’s almost impossible to find a South African who is proud of his or her government.
On the other hand, when it comes to sport, we are united in our commitment to the green and gold. We stand shoulder to shoulder, hands on hearts. Yebo!
Across the country the preparation for Sunday’s World Cup rugby match against Japan was almost as intense in South African family homes as it was in Japan. Beers and wines were put on ice, chairs arranged around the wide-screen TV screens, biltong stocks checked, chip packets counted. Nothing was left to chance.
Some families even rented portable generators to ensure that Eskom couldn’t sabotage the nation’s passion.
Compare this with the lethargy and lack of interest in the country’s parliamentary debates. Would anybody care – or even notice – if the lights went out for two hours in the parliamentary debating chamber? The only result would probably be half the Honourable members picking the pockets of the other half while it was dark.
Media reports on political matters almost all focus on conflict within the political parties. ANC against ANC, DA versus DA, EFF against anything that moves.
We shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. It’s an international trend.
President Trump is not exactly a national hero in the US and Boris doesn’t lead a united party in the UK. Politicians around the world are a divisive and quarrelsome mob.
Sportsmen and women, on the other hand, tend to unite a country.
Maybe it’s time to scrap all political parties and hand over the running of the country to our sports administrators and players. At least they all play by the same rules and strive for the same goals.
You certainly can’t say that about politicians. Particularly ours.
At a very lively party, one of the men had been dancing enthusiastically when he suddenly realised his wallet was missing from his shirt pocket.
He jumped up on to the stage during a break in the music and announced: “Ladies and gentlemen, I seem to have lost my wallet with all my bank cards in it, and R1000 in cash. If anybody picks it up and returns it to me I’ll give them a R100 reward.”
A voice from the other side of the room shouted: “I’ll give R200.”