Our land is being fed to the dogs. I watch the images on the television and I am shocked. Teachers are on strike, nursing personnel are trying to close hospitals. What are we teaching our children with this?
I have never been ashamed of being a South African. I always thought that my diverse land can withstand everything that is thrown our way, but now I don't know anymore. Essential services are not so essential anymore. The only people still working are doctors and police officers. Paramedics are afraid to take people to hospital for they might end up being patients themselves. Children are running away from schools because protesting teachers refuse to let them into the gates. Education has been halted for more than week now.
This is all because the Public Service and Administration Minister refuses to give public servants a 12% increase in their salary. I am a public servant myself. I know where this rage is coming from. We are all paid meager salaries and our unions have to fight for even a small increase of % in our salaries. The Minister received a thirty to fifty percent increase in her salary. This was to fight corruption in politics according to the government, yet a small increase of 12% is impossible to give to people who really need it.
These are people who know they are feeding the future of our land with knowledge. They give more than is expected of them for a lot less than they are worth. These are teachers that formed and sculpted the minds of the same people that are now ruling our land. They don't deserve a twelve percent increase, they are not corruptible.
Nurses also do not deserve a twelve percent increase. Who will corrupt them except the families and friends of these politicians they are nursing? I guess they can only mismanage patients since they are so tired of working and worrying where they are going to get money to pay for their children's tuition. But that is not such a big problem, corruption is worse.
I do not condone the acts of the mass that are striking. On the contrary, essential services still remains essential, but I have empathy for their plight. Guess I will be ducking as I enter the hospital doors tomorrow and just hope that I walk in and am not wheeled in on a trolley.