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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Doom-and-Gloom and Solid Gold


Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj.
Picture Credit: timeslive.co.za

There was a point in time when few people in South Africa could get away with criminal behaviour. The long arm of the law would eventually catch the culprits. However, times have changed and it appears that shrewd politicians and businessmen are exploiting the fragility of South Africa’s Marxist-Communist state to its maximum.

Look at this fellow, Mac Maharaj, for example. Although I don’t know all that much about the man and his alleged shady dealings with that other criminal, Schabir Shaik, one only has to look at his face to see the dishonesty written all over it. If a man with a face like that ever had to come knocking on my door asking for work, I would not even bother with an interview… He has “SKELM” written all over his face… Unfortunately the word “UNTOUCHABLE” precedes it!

We can only hope that something will come of the latest new evidence that has emerged to support the claim that Maharaj and his wife, Zarina, took kickbacks on a 1990s contract for new drivers' licences. It has been a full decade now that these rumours of theft, fraud, and corruption have been floating about. It’s about high-tide we see some justice in this regard!

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It is distressing to see how corrupt and utterly rotten South African politicians and businessmen have become since the Communists have taken over the reigns of power in this country, under the guise of so-called, “Democratic Freedom”. What makes the whole sordid business even more sickening is how these money-greedy gangsters behave as if nothing is wrong – as if their actions are justifiable.

I’m quite sure there’s not one single major project in the country where theft, fraud, and corruption of some sort are not involved. It also seems - the more measures the useless ANC government creates to counteract the decay, the more rotten it gets. In the end it only proves how incompetent they are. It’s thus no wonder that more-and-more South Africans are taking extra precautions to avoid anxiety and depression, and that one of these precautions involve the barring of all news, except sports, from entering their minds.

It has now come to light that even South Africa’s most respected and biggest construction companies, such as Murray & Roberts and Basil Read, for example, are implicated in what today’s Afrikaans Rapport newspaper describes as a, “Nes van bedrog” (Nest of fraud). The other big companies involved include Group Five, WBHO, and Aveng.

Evidence in a major fraud and racketeering probe shows how these companies operated in cahoots, secretly, to fix state and other contracts and also tenders – including two World Cup stadium deals - worth billions. The probe also shows how the South African taxpayer was routinely ripped off with inflated project prices.

Some of the projects that were “fixed” included Soccer City in Johannesburg, the Coega development project in the Eastern Cape, the Green Point soccer stadium, the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg and the Gautrain, among dozens of others.

Read the full news reports:

South Africa - A Failed State?
One year ago, the former chairman and CEO of Anglo American's gold and uranium division, Clem Sunter, believed that there was a zero percent chance that this country would become a failed state. He has since changed his mind and increased the odds to 25%. Read the full news report here, on Times Live.

More Doom-and-Gloom…
Due to the weakening rand and rising oil prices South Africa's petrol price will rise by 41 cents a litre, for all grades, on Wednesday 6 February. It’s going to add to the maize and wheat prices and eventually impact on a host of other products and services. Then there’s the proposed electricity price increase – along with the looming increased water tariff. All these factors pose a real threat to food security… The doom-and-gloom just goes on and on, but should we really be afraid?

Solid Gold...
I am listening to Solid Gold Sunday on 702 while typing these words. The lyrics, “God is watching us… from a distance,” are now playing on the radio. At first it did not harmonize too well with all this news of doom-and-gloom covered in this posting, until the following familiar and oft-quoted text, from Psalms 23:4 is carefully considered:
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
(Psalms 23:4 – KJV)
As pointed out by an anonymous commentator in an older posting, these words are explaining the meaning of far deeper issues – one of them being, “discipline”.

In other words, while the irreligious ideology of Communism is bringing more doom-and-gloom upon us, we are also being systematically conditioned and disciplined by a Higher Power to withstand the onslaught.

Without such discipline we will not survive the tough times ahead. Without such discipline we will live our lives in constant fear. Fearful people are easy to control and manipulate, hence the reason why we’re constantly bombarded with news of doom-and-gloom.

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