IF South African politicians who call each other "comrade" had actually bothered to read the history of communism, they would have learnt that after the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks took a look at Russia and saw the rise of the proletariat was impossible because the country was largely agrarian and illiterate.
To remedy the situation, teachers and education students were sent all over Russia as part of mass literacy projects.
Subsequently, the USSR and other communist states achieved national literacy rates above 90% and their work forces were able to progress from scratching the ground to building sophisticated machinery within 20 years.
Our wannabe comrades have messed up badly since 1994.
They have wrecked the education system, failed to maintain and expand infrastructure, allegedly looted the state coffers of an estimated R30-billion a year, entrenched a culture of patronage and instead of uplifting the masses, they turned them into statistics who vote for a bag of groceries, 75kW of electricity, some water and a leaky RDP window to throw it out of.
Of course, the RDP houses that fall down, groceries, electricity and water are not free.
Somebody pays for them – the few tax- and ratepayers left.
The water crisis alleged to occur in 2015 will be the fault of the NMBM, Eastern Cape provincial leadership and leaders of our national government, all of whom did nothing about the water pipeline which ended in Cradock and less about the one which feeds Bluewater Bay, even when the last drought hit in 2009.
Whining about lowering water usage doesn't fix the ageing infrastructure which will likely suffer cascading failures within the next five years, nor does it put competent people back in charge.
It certainly won't make more funds available, no matter how much the struggling ratepayers get threatened when they moan at the stupidly high municipal taxes, because there will come a point at which the few remaining ratepayers will simply be unable to pay for all those who demand power and water debts be written off.
Dear leaders, want to fix Port Elizabeth and the country? Then encourage everybody to pay their rates and cut off those who don't (even if they vote for you).
Fix the education mess, keep libraries and other municipal services open and serving, catch the vagrant dogs haunting this town, reduce red tape for businesses, cut companies' tax by 10 to 15%, beg foreign investors to come here, expand and upgrade the transport network, fire and jail the corrupt (confiscate their assets too), encourage entrepreneurship and competition, stop buying votes with tax money and rewarding incompetent friends with government posts.
This "economic terrorist" (aka resident) can't take another water, electricity or municipal rates increase without buying a tent and moving to the bundu.
Survivalist in training, Port Elizabeth