February 26, 2013
Occasionally the disaffected go on the rampage and riot and burn everything in sight, but this does not stop them re-electing the ruling party at election time.
South Africa was a first world country
If one looks at infrastructure, South Africa definitely qualified as a first world country. It had a well maintained road network that actually worked. Unlike the present malaise of bombed out roads interspersed with exorbitant toll roads, which were actually public roads turned over to friends of the ruling party, for tolls.
What about the railways?
Previously most freight was transported by rail. In fact, there was legislation to compel the use of rail freight. That was all done away with in the name of privatization. This led to the deterioration of the roads which then led to the privatization of public roads via tollgates.
Generally there was enough water until such time as water was given to all those who could not afford to pay for it, under the guise of human rights.
South Africa used to have surplus electricity at one of the lowest rates in the world. For twenty years there was no investment in new capacity and all the competent staff were retrenched, or forced out in the name of affirmative action. The result is that we now have one of the highest electricity tariffs in the world and we regularly face power outages. This is a sure sign of a third world country.
We used to have world class hospitals which anyone could access basically for free, irrespective of race. Now state hospitals are a place of last resort. No-one goes there voluntarily. Medical aid premiums have skyrocketed. Industry insiders will tell you that the system will go bankrupt as a result of state interference.
Mamphela Ramphele, left, the South African anti apartheid activist and a former head of the World Bank criticized the current state of education as being worse than under the darkest days of apartheid. (She launched her own political party this month to challenge the ruling ANC).
Every level of crime statistics has dramatically increased and what is worse is that the investigation and prosecution of the said crimes has decreased.
Yes, if you are a high profile person, such as Oscar Pistorius the Olympic athlete who has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, justice will be applied for or against you. But what about my friend's mother who was murdered by the gardener and the police did not do anything? The crime is still unsolved to this day with no prospect of it ever being solved.
After all, South Africa was the country that locked up and murdered political opponents and was so successful in its war on terror. It all changed under the guise of human rights. The government promptly empowered criminals and criminalized the law abiding citizens. Firearm regulations were made so onerous that numerous gun owners voluntarily gave up their firearms rather than comply with the regulations.
The vast majority of them are now bankrupt. Councilors vote themselves huge pay increases whilst all the municipal services are falling apart. Occasionally the disaffected go on the rampage and riot and burn everything in sight, but this does not stop them re-electing the ruling party at election time.
Where South Africa once qualified on numerous accounts as a first world country, it now only rates as a third world country.
It is all very sad ~ according to a survey a couple of years ago, up to half of them have emigrated, most unofficially.
They merely left as young adults never to return again. Those that have chosen to remain face an uncertain future. You can either jump on the bandwagon and do whatever it takes (bribery, corruption, long hours, stress, etc) to succeed or else you can enter the informal sector and survival mode and keep on down-scaling in an attempt to survive.
How does this apply to the USA and other developed countries?
Well look at the above factors and see if any of them apply to your neighborhood. Are you living in a gated community with a hard pressed local town council retrenching its employees and cutting back on its services?
Are you becoming a tax donkey with your property being used to fund ever increasing demands for free social services?
By now, the picture should start to become clear. Whatever happens in South Africa is a precursor for the USA and other western countries.