THE old adage of you can try to fool some people some of the time, but not all the people all the time certainly hasn't crossed the mind of certain leading politicians and other prominent figures in our country.
Lately the news media has been filled with revelation upon revelation of alleged corrupt dealings ranging from tender fraud and abuse of state funds to building a palatial village for the "people" of Nkandla and heads of parastatals like the SABC "cooking" their qualifications to gain these powerful appointments.
To add insult to injury our national carrier, SAA, has again applied for a bailout and the whole board subsequently resigned. Fresh in everyone's minds still is the textbook scandal in Limpopo where no one was prepared to take responsibility but instead fingers were pointed in every direction.
All these events have left me with no other conclusion but that these prominent and powerful individuals must surely think all of the citizens of this country must be very naive or illiterate. They prey on the ignorance of millions living in squalor with false promises of a utopia, but the fact of matter is that 18 years into this new democracy some people still don't have the basic necessities like running water or ablution facilities.
With the ANC's elections in Mangaung just two months away we will shortly be seeing the "promise road show" being taken to the poorest of the poor with the promise of a better tomorrow. It makes me nauseous to my stomach, and I can't wait for the day that the people finally see the light and vote these power-hungry, self-enriching politicians out.
My feeling however is that this "entity" will self-destruct and implode on itself.
Christopher Spence, Port Elizabeth