Dear Obed

Howzit boet, I hope all is well in London.

My giddy aunt, I have put off writing to you until I had something cheerful to say.

But it has been a few weeks now and, well, sorry, there’s fokkol to be chirpy about.

The rogues’ gallery seems to be getting bigger as the culture of impunity deepens.

All the while the students are revolting and the link between their vile behavior and the lack of leadership in South Africa is inextricable.

The argument is a trite, but no less weighty because it is commonplace.

Other clever journalists have done this already, but it bears repeating because it is true.

Tot up the names of serial offenders in South Africa and you’ll see they have one thing in common (apart from the fact that they operate with sheer impunity), they apparently enjoy the protection of Number One or are integral to the empire he presides over.

I doff my cap at my mate Ranjeni Munusamy who puts it more eloquently than I.

It is well worth the read.

As was Judith February’s piece, also in the Daily Maverick, entitled the Age of Unreason, The Age of Impunity.

In it she slated Zuma and his “band of corrupt sidekicks” and took a swipe at Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, deputy national director of Public Prosecutions, Head of the Special Commercial Crimes Unit Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi and Hawks head Mthandazo Berning Ntlemeza. They all occupy positions they are wholly unfit for and appear to be in their jobs entirely to protect Zuma and his clique.

“While the details are important, the over-arching narrative is the same. The president needs to be protected at all costs. As his term nears its end and as the ANC’s own elective conference looms in 2017, Zuma has become a man desperate to protect himself from criminal prosecution. To achieve that goal, he needs to appoint the likes of Jiba, Mrwebi, Ntlemeza to do his bidding,” February wrote.

The institutions of democracy, she added, are undermined to serve this purpose.

Hence Nkandla and the comedy of errors that is SABC under the increasingly ridiculous and unbelievable Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Watching Hlaudi this week was flabbergasting. How does this madness prosper?

(Ps – what is the difference between God and Hlaudi? God doesn’t believe he is Hlaudi.)

This week there was a photo in the Daily Dispatch of former East London mayor Zukisa Faku beaming from the dock in court.

Faku (also the ANC chair of her region) had just been sentenced to house arrest for three years after misusing her mayoral credit card on overseas trips (R15 000 on perfumes and other luxuries).

The gem of the story was not the fact that she was smiling shamelessly or that another picture showed her being mobbed by hundreds of supporters outside court.

No, it was that she is currently a member of parliament on a salary of R40 000 a month. Magistrate Sadia Jacobs told the court, according to the Dispatch, that the crimes Faku was found guilty of were “raging through the country like a tsunami”.

And yet the ANC still has to study the court ruling before it decides what to do with Faku.

Fork, Obed, it is little wonder hooligans are holding universities to ransom. If the dudes at the top can feast for free, why can’t we all?