WHEN I read Piet Naude’s article ("How NP rose and then fell” The Herald, June 19) it reminded me of when we, the young SAPS, and our Nat friends used to stand around the barbecue and discuss political issues of the day.
Our Nat friends would constantly warn us that an ANC government would be dictated to by the Soviet Union with all its disastrous consequences.
Fortunately this did not happen, as the Soviet Union disintegrated prior to the birth of the new South Africa, but beware of China.
We were also warned that under an ANC government South Africa would follow the same course as the rest of Africa.
Farmers would be murdered, the defence force would be incapable of defending, the police force would need policing, the standard of education and state healthcare would nosedive, our borders would be opened up to all and sundry, and all levels of government would be run by mostly incompetent and corrupt officials and politicians.
The result would be that crime would rocket, the number of unemployed would continue to climb and the poor would get poorer.
We would just smile and wonder what our friends had been smoking. How silly could one be. Most of them now live in Australia and New Zealand.
The reality is that we have not got what we voted for, and if things continue the way they are at present, the future for our somewhat one-sided rainbow nation looks rather gloomy.
DE Francis, Park Drive