The One-way Ticket Brigade

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We went to a restaurant on the edge of the ‘cliff’ at Amanzimtoti on Sunday for a lunch as a farewell to yet another friend and family emigrating from South Africa. This one is not Packing for Perth but will be Unpacking in UK.

I suppose it is not surprising with the floods of bad news flowing out of so many South African sectors that a veritable stampede has been set in motion. The official stats. have no idea, because most simply fold their tents like the Arabs and (as) silently steal away (as Longfellow wrote).

The agency dealing with our friends had some surprising and shocking information: an increasing number of the cream of South African black professionals are also following this course. In fact, even more of them than the disillusioned whites, so they say. That speaks volumes

The dirt that has been emerging lately from enquiries into matters such as State Capture has been filthy indeed. Of course, the admission by key whistle-blowing witness Angelo Agrizzi that he is a racist, following the playing of a recording where he used the so-demonised ‘K’ word, has been seized upon and made into more of a fuss than the shocking disclosures of massive corruption. At least Judge Zondo had the sense to declare that the attitude, whether regrettable or actionable or not, has no effect on the facts disclosed.

It has become utterly ludicrous that incidents of racism — white on black, mind — have come to be regarded as being of greater shock value than despicable crimes of bribery and corruption. Of course, the accused are seizing on the race card as a means towards discrediting the testimony with its facts and figures. Presumably, had the conversation referred to the people concerned as rotten, low-down, verminous crooks, no outrage would have arisen. Look at what Trumpy Wumpitty is called daily.

I love South Africa and most of its peoples, but with the rubbish going on here, were I to win a respectable sum of money I would be out of here faster than the eye could follow.

© January 2019 Colonialist

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28 Responses to The One-way Ticket Brigade

  1. maureen says:

    We left almost 30 years ago. I am nostalgic, but realize that the SA I miss is gone. I worry about my family left behind though.


  2. So infuriating. Horrible situation there. Fingers crossed you find that gold at the end of the rainbow.
    Our “news” is full of gossip about celebrities ranting, slanted this way or that political nonsense, and silly shallow stories…I mean puppies around the world are cute and smilie news, but what of the real stories of real events of what is happening in other countries? Only mind dulling dribble being shown to the masses.


  3. moccamendez says:

    I didn’t know how frustrating is the situation in South Africa. My best wishes to you.
    PS: I liked your photos.


  4. Widdershins says:

    Sometimes the sanest, and safest, thing to do is leave the sinking ship, not rearrange the deckchairs. May you land that windfall, sooner rather than later.

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  5. Forgot to say what a cute photo of little C that is. 😍

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  6. I’ve often wondered why you stay. May you have a windfall soon.

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  7. I cannot imagine how it must be hurting you Lesley; and knowing that there is nothing you can do to stop the rot

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  8. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    How sad!


  9. I’m glad we left when we did, but I have to admit that I miss so much about South Africa; only the good things of course.


  10. Colline says:

    It is such a pity. South Africa is a beautiful country but unfortunately it is not being well-run.

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  11. disperser says:

    Sorry to hear and my concern for your situation has steadily grown in the past few years.

    At some point, it might no longer be a matter of money but of safety and survival.

    Best of luck on that influx of money.

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