Written by Niki Moore…
In which our intrepid heroine introduces you to her story, and begs your indulgence to unfold a long tale, which – if everything works out – will cause the stars to start in their tracks, and your knotted and combined locks to stand on end like the fretful porpoise, as Shakespeare so eloquently put it.
The City of Tshwane, under mayor Randall Williams, issued a press statement this week about the R4billion worth of corruption under the previous ANC-led government that was now being uncovered by the current DA-led administration. In the statement, he made specific reference to the now-notorious Yellow Plant tender – a R100 million-a-month bonanza for corrupt officials and their relatives. But the report that revealed the tender irregularities also revealed some uncomfortable truths about the Tshwane Metro, and gave an indication how long it was going to take to get the municipality straightened out.
Democratic South Africa was, for a while, the Rainbow Nation. It is now the Mis-Appropriation Nation, as the government has become a criminal enterprise bent on extracting the last cent of loot from an over-burdened population. The tide might be turning, but it will take a long time.