South Africa only has 97 days left before the Soccer World Cup kicks off. On the surface of things everything looks fine, but behind the scenes illegal drugs, illegal immigrants, child trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, service delivery strikes --- you name it, is plunging the country into a pit of hell!
My rhetoric concerning this issue is starting to sound like a monotonous old record, but I’m going to say it again -- no wait, maybe I should shout this out in capital letters:
ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE POURING INTO THE COUNTRY AT AN UNCONTROLLABLE RATE
SOMEONE HELP US PLEASE!
SOMEONE HELP US PLEASE!
The huge consignments of drugs confiscated at OR Tambo airport over the past few months is an indication of what lies below the tip of the iceberg. A worrisome factor is that the drug-smugglers and drug-dealers are NOT being caught.
Now all of a sudden out of the blue, a relatively unknown drug in this part of Africa called Khat is making its appearance at our seaports and airports. The drug also known and spelled as ‘qat’, was classified in 1980 by the World Health Organization as a drug of abuse. The drug apparently comes from an evergreen shrub native to East Africa. It that can produce mild to moderate psychological dependence, and is a controlled/illegal substance in most ‘civilized’ countries. More info can be viewed on this website or on Wikipedia.
There’s no doubt in my mind that large consignments of this drug are being smuggled into South Africa for the Soccer World Cup. It seems that drugs, prostitution, and soccer, all go hand-in-hand. According to South Africa’s Central Drug Authority, as many as 40,000 women are expected to arrive in South Africa ahead of the FIFA World Cup to work as prostitutes. The full story can be viewed here.
Strange, --- South Africa has in the past hosted several successful international rugby and cricket tournaments, and we never had this problem before. WHY NOW!?!
Last month some 72kg of Khat with an estimated street value of R9.1 Million was seized at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. On Thursday this week the SA Revenue Service (SARS) revealed another seizure of 32kg of Khat at the airport. Spokesperson Siba Mfabe said the Khat consignment was detected before it could be loaded onto a Cape Town-bound cargo flight on Monday. Mfabe said in the past seven days customs officials at airports, that included both OR Tambo and Cape Town, seized drugs with a total value of about R15 Million. These drugs included cannabis and heroin. No arrests had been made with regard to any of the seizures. Source: www.news24.com
What happened to the Border Management Agency that Zuma promised?
Our northern inland borders still remain wide open for the entire dark Africa up north to freely stroll in and join the party. In June last year President Zuma, in his first state of the nation address, promised to start the process of setting up a Border Management Agency, but it’s been 10 months down the line and nothing has been done about this. It’s all just useless, money-wasting, monkey-talk!
The chaos presently reigning at our borders is largely due to the actions of one Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who was South Africa's immigration minister of Home Affairs, when she welcomed Zimbabweans to enter the country without visas. This happened in May last year, 2 months before Zuma made the promise to start the process of setting up a Border Management Agency. Click here to view my previous posting regarding this issue.
This is what happened, (more-or-less) starting 10 months ago:
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were ordered to patrol the northern borders, but then they realised that fixing broken fences was a painstaking task, --- besides they were having their hands full trying to stop the illegal poaching of rhino in the Kruger National Park. It was suggested that the South African Police do the job of patrolling the borders, but they in turn said, “Sorry we can hardly cope with one large border post at Lebombo, and besides we are under-resourced and stressed out!”
In the end all the role-players involved did what Africa usually does in situations like this; they ignored the problem hoping it will go away all by itself, --- knowing full well that the government will still pay them a fat salary every month, whether they do their job, or not!
What happened with the SAPS Re-enlistment of ex-cops?
With the Soccer World Cup on everyone’s minds, and the sudden recognition that the police needed a much larger workforce and some more brains to cope with the rising tide of crime, advertisements were splashed in all national newspapers during January this year requesting ex-cops to join the service. Police head office was apparently flooded with applications, but there was a minor problem. Close to 90 percent of the applications were from ex white cops, some who had faithfully served for many years in the old apartheid police force. So guess what happened? Yep, you guessed right, --- white applications were sifted from the black, and only ‘black’ applications were processed! The police were supposed to finalize all applications by 1 March 2010, but the whole venture is being treated as hush-hush, hoping that no one will divulge the truth to the national media.
SANDF border deployment is too late and too costly!
Then early this week, when the police announced that were unable to cope with the millions of illegal immigrants flooding the towns and cities, the focus suddenly shifted to the border again. The government officially announced this week that from 1 April 2010 the SANDF will commence with the deployment of four companies on the South African side of Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders. Details regarding this ‘operation’ and the enormous cost implications can be viewed at www.defenceweb.co.za.
Personally, in the light of what has been happening lately with illegal immigrants crossing our borders, (being robbed, murdered, and raped, and so forth) I think the best and cheapest option would be to place large signboards along all our borders >>>>
President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address declared this year, "The year of action", during which focus will be placed on implementation. What is he going to say next year? Let me guess: “Last year we focused on implementation. (In other words, we thought about it!) This year we will focus on getting started (In other words, we will think about the stuff we thought about last year!) --- And when we DO get started it will be an implementation of a brilliant Multimillion-Rand 5-year plan. In the interim we hope that the problems will go away, all by itself, and that it will take another 5 years to figure out who stole the Multimillion-Rands!
This Is Africa – and We Demand Respect for they way we do things around here!