Burlesque South Africa

Carnival in Cape Town

Burlesque definition: an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something …

The show in South Africa put on by government and citizens generally is extending its run indefinitely, with an ever-expanding cast, constantly added material, and a steady downslide into appallingly bad taste.

The State Capture debacle continues as one of the main features on the programme, with its theme of self-interest-driven politicians, from the president down, manoeuvring to gain complete control of government, finance, and judiciary. The latter is still functioning, but its rulings are constantly ignored and not enforced, so it may as well already be in the hands of the plotters.  Dirty work is seen at almost every crossroads, literal or figurative.

There are constant attempts to distract the audience from looking at centre stage, by directing attention to minor players like directors of Electricity Supply Commission. The official opposition shoots itself in the foot by vicious attacks on one of its own for tweeting that some benefits accrued from Colonialism. (Avoid making approving comments about anything I write: they will be construed as racist.)

King Goodwill of the Zulus has even come under attack for his ‘Colonial’ attire.

A more approved outfit — ideal for any social occasion. Not sure about the hankies, though.

In the past couple of weeks, my own immediate circle of friends and relatives experienced one mugging, one burglary with many tools stolen, one car theft, and total disruption of streets by protesting taxi owners who want reduced costs of vehicles and finance and to have a slice of the distribution pie. Many businesses had to shut down for the day, with commuters being unable to get to work. Then, our suburb featured hijackings and robberies at the local malls and service stations, as well as a string of motor accidents caused by bad driving.

On a slightly wider front, fake news on social media caused a rampage against foreigners (Africans from north of SA), and their shops on the other side of town were looted and destroyed. Ignoring real problems, the Durban Metro mayor wants the Municipal logo changed because it features a colonial building. Wider still, over the border in Zimbabwe, doddering Mugabe is apparently incensed that some farms are still producing. They are the survivors still under white ownership or control. They must be seized and redistributed to ‘Zimbabwe youths’ — to allow these tracts to join all those that have gone fallow? 

I could go on and on

But then, is there complete sanity anywhere in the world? Another friend has just happily escaped all of this by paying her first-ever visit to London. Guess what: she was on London Bridge a scant hour before the chaos broke out there.

© June 2017 Colonialist

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26 Responses to Burlesque South Africa

  1. What’s wrong with people 😳.

    I got on the tube the other day and as I sat down I noticed someone had left a case on the floor near where I sat on an almost empty carriage. I called my Mum and she said “move, and get off at the next station and tell them in the station”.

    When I got off it took me a while to find someone to tell and the train moved off but I pursued it and had to go to an office to report it, I took a photo of it but when I was asked what carriage I was in I hadn’t seen any numbers on the carriage.

    The transport police thanked me for reporting it and called it in but I thought who has the awful job of recovering it and checking it out if it wasn’t reported missing.

    I wouldn’t have even given this a thought without the troubles in Manchester and London recently!


  2. Your country used to be so different.
    Now things there sound pretty familiar – insanity mirrored here. We’re tucked in a easily overlooked spot outside one of the largest cities, but the violence and anger spreads. People and society seem to be sliding into de-evolution. Live and let live? Doesn’t seem possible anymore. Agree to disagree and still be friends? Nope- no way: my way or else. It’s so odd.
    Spending more and more time away from screens, but we are on the brink of the summer heat and mosquitoes. I’m ready for an isolated spot in the mountains…but it will need wifi…or maybe not – the stars and open skies might be enough.


  3. disperser says:

    Hold on . . . we’ll soon join you.


  4. My mother was most upset, when my father decided it was tie for the family to leave England, and settle in Australia.
    She wanted South Africa, she’d heard wonderful things from her father who was stationed at the Royal Navy South Africa Station in the 1920’s.
    I’m very happy with my fathers decision!


  5. Mens se keel trek toe


  6. Scottie says:

    I am glad your friend is safe. Wow you live in a rather scary place. Yes my country has all those same problems and more, yet the personal threats have so far stayed away from me. I have not had my place broken into, not been in a traffic accident, have not had goverment take something illegally, and no strikes are interfering with my daily life. I am grateful for this. I am confused as I thought S.A. was a modern country with equality and prosperity. I thought it had become one of the better developed nations? I hope things get better for you soon. Hugs


    • colonialist says:

      South Africa was the most highly developed country in Africa, even after the world woke up to how abhorrent Apartheid was. Unfortunately, the party that has run the country since independence has never moved out of the revolution and freedom-fighter mode, and has become increasingly inept at being at the helm. They put people in power who were heroes of ‘the struggle’ but have largely replaced ideology with personal greed. If these were as good at administration as they are at corruption and pulling the wool over the eyes of the masses, we would still have a flourishing economy.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Scottie says:

        That ruins a country fast as we are learning fast with tRump. He is so corrupt and blatant, yet his supporters don’t seem to care even though they are poor. I can only think it is because he is not “that black guy”. Do you guys have different parties that can run against the ones making the mess? Hugs


        • Desdi says:

          Are you saying ANC-type politics are preferable to Trump?
          Your comment generalizes in an elitist and virtue-signalling manner about “his supporters”.
          You have no idea what motivates those who voted for him. I am glad I did.
          Trump/Pence 2020 whoo-ha!


          • Scottie says:

            It is clear that tRump has a dislike verging on hatred for Pres Obama. He has made a point to destroy, rescind, or change anything that was associated with Obama. Maybe he just doesn’t like to be reminded of what a real president is like. Hugs


          • colonialist says:

            I certainly have no idea what could have motivated intelligent people to vote for him; even more, how they allowed candidates streets better than either H or B to be eliminated in the primaries.

            Liked by 1 person

        • colonialist says:

          Even here Donald Duck-and-Dive has his supporters. I must admit to having been outmanoeuvred by one the other day. After I had made a derogatory statement about The Wall, I was asked, ‘Do you have a wall around your property? Why?’ Oops.
          Yes, but as my post hints at, they are scoring own goals which doesn’t exactly help.

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  7. Arkenaten says:

    As the band Tears for Fears once sang …. Mad world…

    or, if you prefer, Guns n’ Roses, Welcome to the Jungle.

    I seldom read/follow the news unless I stumble across it.

    It might seem the only sane place to be is actually inside the asylum and lock the other buggers out!

    Liked by 3 people

    • colonialist says:

      Ignoring the news is good for keeping blood pressure at proper levels.
      Maybe the only way to be committed to the nuthouse these days is to behave sanely!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Arkenaten says:

        I sometimes feel that I am so out of the loop that when someone says something like:
        ” Did hear what just happened … etc etc ”
        or ”How about what so-and-so just said/did?” I often return a blank look or a shrug.
        I had John Z over in Brazil fill me in on the details of the Pistorious trial!

        I think it is my strategic avoidance of so- called news that still makes Iain’s death difficult to deal with. I only met him a few times and I could hardly say we were close by any stretch, but it really knocked me for six.


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