Our country is being sold for lamb chops and whisky

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi / African News Agency (ANA)

Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi / African News Agency (ANA)

The real cost of our democracy lies in the price tag put on the political powers who are bought and sold daily as if they are cattle for a dowry fee.

That a minister would sell her conscience for obscene amounts of liquor and groceries leaves one with a sour taste … the country is being sold, bit by bit, for lamb and whisky.

Political players shout on electioneering stages how the rot runs deep; how heads will roll – the very same people who sing this rhetoric being the very rot we must have removed from the seats of power.

I, for one, refuse to be led by men and women in expensive suits whose characters reek of nothing but thievery! I, for one, am extremely concerned about the morality … be it a Gupta, white privilege or black entitlement.

In the face of poverty, the gap widens between the haves and the have-nots. Crime is on the rise because people claim not to have access to resources for self-improvement.

The rich are getting richer, building family legacies from tax contributions and state-owned enterprises … South Africa needs laws that are not just black and white.

They need to be applicable to even those in power; laws with no special treatment for the affluent or sympathies for the disadvantaged.

The law should remain unmoved, not be gender or racially biased.

Only then will we be able to uphold the law, regardless of who the perpetrator may be.

You see, for reformed criminals to say “I did it because I had a choice to either go hungry or to hijack and kill,” is disturbing.

How many people of high integrity do actually go hungry?

The ANC screams “together we can do more, let’s do it for the Mandela/Sisulu legacy” – then they silently sell the country, if not to the shebeen owners in Saxonwold, then to the Watsons.

We are a country under siege from those we have put into power legitimately – they sold us a dream; we were left with the ruins of a failing economy, an arrogance of ill-gotten gains and an executive Cabinet that answers to not a single figure of judicial authority.

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