Our African Al Capone – His Excellency, The Right honorable, The President of South Africa!

Al Capone is one of the most notorious American gangsters of the 20th century. I believe that our Right Honourable Mr President Zuma is even stronger than feather weight Al Capone. However what is common between both men is the fact that they both got stuck at the taxes. For Al Capone it was his personal unpaid taxes; but who can trump our very own heavy-weight Champion of the World, His Excellency, the President of South Africa for he took the people’s taxes and spent it on himself!
His previous winnings included the fight of approximately some seven hundred charges, he survived the Gupta scandal, he overcame the non-confidence vote. He is a fighter and now the Highest Court in South Africa has ruled that he violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private residence. This ruling is believed to be a victory for the opposition, who said they would push for His Excellency’s impeachment. Nonsense!! 

Zuma is untouchable and the Cabinet is all behind this Champion – who dares to touch him will result in a cabinet shuffle. Not surprising that in the Government statement it said the President would “reflect” on the judgement and take “appropriate action”.

A spokeswoman for the governing African National Congress said the party’s top six officials, who include Mr Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, would meet to discuss the implications of the ruling. Of course Zuma’s henchmen know how to show that they are dealing with the issue – instead our African Al Capone is possibly saying, “Come on guys, don’t quit now… Just one more deal and we will let them see the rainbows while we retire with the Guptas!”
It took a court hearing to discover that our President had “unduly benefited” from the renovations and should repay a portion of the government money, the Public Prosecutor said however we all knew years back that there was a heist.
He then went on to say that Mr Zuma’s failure to repay the money was “inconsistent” with the constitution, he added, “The president failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution.” We all know that who will be looking for a new job soon… Any opening for Public Prosecutor in Syria?

Mr Mogoeng further dug his grave by adding that public officials ignored the constitution at their peril, and should remember that the rule of law was the “sharp and mighty sword that stands ready to chop the ugly head of impunity from its stiffened neck”.

This ain’t over yet! Zuma Will be Back!!!

Good “traits” of South Africans

I’m certain my readers will agree with me – that being negative, pessimistic and whingeing are traits South Africans do not portray. Spending most of my time abroad I possibly have become accustomed to things working and processes running smoothly. It will be unfair to judge a country such as South Africa that has gone through, and still going through tremendous development, in comparison to other developed countries. So I’m intending on being positive with this blog.
Let me share some of the advancements of South Africa which I have not yet seen in the United Kingdom. As I’m the person sharing, sadly you would need to see through my experiences and my “lenses”. Living literally half my life abroad I would like to share some of my insight… (remember it’s only my perception).

Well, for starters – today I walked into a Nedbank branch (Campus Square, Melville). I showed them my Identity Card and they asked me to place my thumb on a device which confirms who I am. Now that’s technology! I didn’t have that sophistication in the UK. I signed a document and the lady said, “Mr Naicker please sign properly just like the one I have on file.” So I did, and hey presto!

She then had to listen to me complaining about her lousy, lazy manager who hid in her office when their systems were down. Instead of being honest with the clients, whom all waiting patiently in queue, she made up some excuses for not being able to do certain functions (don’t worry, I’m not being negative). You see, the people waiting in queue, some were labourers in uniform and others elderly mamas. They were using their lunch breaks to get their errands done. Yet with all the sophistication of Nedbank at Campus Square, Melville, the people stood persevering hoping that the system will work again. They were patient and courteous as the line grew longer and longer with only one teller able to serve from 10:30am -13:45pm whilst the other staff “looked” busy.

Now that is admirable! In the UK someone would have called Ms Lucy (if that is actually her real name) out of hiding to explain to her clients what is going on. The people of South Africa are positive about life in general and everything that is in it – they don’t like to make a fuss. As these poor souls stood in line as their lunch time fast passing by, the staff yet showed no empathy… the positive trait here is that South Africans don’t look for sympathy.

The glass counter is quite thick and possibly for good reasons too! As if this was the UK, leave alone the riff-raffs, an elderly pensioner will possibly swing their cane or Zimmer frame on the incompetent staff led by an incompetent branch manager.

But hey, this is not the UK, for in the land of the Rainbow nation we have all manners of colours and it may not be your favourite but hey-ho, who cares.