In the style of childhood chappie papers...
Did you know...
South Africa has less crimes per Capita than three of the countries we emmigrate to the most ?
New Zealand , England and The United States ?
We do. At that's even if you're looking at a study done between 1998-2000....our HIGHEST years of crime in our history. (Since then violent crime is down 44% by the way).
In other news. I was reading some comments made on a guardian newspaper article written by some silly women who had allowed herself to get scaremongered from wanting to come to South Africa. She clams to be "terrified" by what she has read and seems convinced if she came for the world cup she would be murdered.
Now she's obviously a bit of a foolish little nutter, and most of the hundreds of comments that followed her article mocked and ridiculed her for her sensationalistic b#llshit. But there were a few comments like this one which caught my attention :
agree. I travel to a lot of so called dangerous countries, and lived in Cambodia for 6 years in the 90s. I never worry about safety issues. But I've just returned from working in Namibia and met a lot of South Africans. They told me the situation is going downhill very quickly. People now sleep with pistols under their pillows. When driving at night, nobody pays attention to stop lights, you just drive straight through red lights etc. Sounds very grim.
Clearly this guy has met some pretty lame South Africans who have spun this guy some pretty dismal yarn about the place. Now to anyone who actually lives in the country, you'd dismiss such rubbish...sleeping with guns under your pillow ? Nobody stopping at stop lights at night ?
If that were true then South Africa would be a very dangerous place of course...crossing a 4 way stop at night for one...or a bad dream.....could lead to horrific accidents. But of course it's absolute rubbish and I doubt there is on single South African who practices either thing or actually believes this.
Here's the quirky thing to me : If South Africa is really so bad...why do the expats come up with such blatant imaginative pathalogical constant lies ? If it's so terrible , then why not just tell it how it is ? Why the silly made up enecdotes etc ?
I'll tell you why. Their agenda is not to tell it how it is. Their agenda is to help themselves sleep at night. They need to build South Africa into some sort of buffoonish like pampemime of itself just to validate their decision to leave.
They don't really believe any of this of course and if you were to really just confront them on it of course they would back peddle a matter of miles .."Well no , it's not really that bad...but you know we have the highest murder rate in the world ...blah blach blach" ...and they'd go with the lies (we have the 14th highest murder rate of countries that actually report statistics...that doesn't include 80% of the developing world. And 1 out of 33 of these happens to white people like them.)
So it's really shame they have to be so sefish they send their time making the lives of other South Africans so much worse, just so they can live out their little silly game of playing "Refugee", to make life seem bareable in their new country. The irony of all of this is that the need to do this...to convince themselves leaving was he right decision is always fuelled by the most agressive homesickness. By the fact they loved life in South Africa...how easy, afordable and exciting it is. The wonderful quality of life, the weather , the carefree lifestyle ! The priveledged position in society, the commraderie , the unique world outlook. Now that they've left...generally not for any good reason other than they allowed other expats with the same agenda to scare them into doing so wth bullshit tales about greener pastures, they join the bandwagon out of spite.
The result : They chase away tourists and foriegn investment and make South Africa a worse place edging closer and closer to heir self fulfilling prophecy. Except of course despite their predictions South African cruises allong with increasing wealth and safety...driving them hysterical with anger to the point they can only make it through the week if they can sift through the internet and read about a particularly gruesome murder and wank about it.
The whole dynamic is screwed up and dysfuntional. I suggest there are a lot of expats out there who need to either just come back to South Africa instead of forcing yourself to find reasons not to....or just leave South Africa the hell alone and carry on with your lives. Spare others the ridiculous "sleep with guns under you pillow"drivel which you know yourself to be a pathetic lie and let us get on with enjoying the lives we spent here without you trying to sabotage it.
Or as I always put it: If you're not part of the future.....get out of the f#cking way.
Note : Of the hundreds of comment in response to the silly ladies article, the great majority were Brits who have been to , lived in , or still live in South Africa (there are more Brits who live in South Africa han vica versa...and 20 000 new brit expats move here each year). And of those Brits I did not read a single comment that didn't violently disagree with the article. Most advised people to come over as South Africa was perfectly safe and a wonderful country to lve in if one kept away from the bad areas. A few expat South African chimed in with the usual rubbish you can expect from them, but the gross majority of South African who commented mocked the article and it's scaremongering as strongly as anyone.
The wonderful upside.
There's come a point now that South Africa is in the spotlight because of the world cup. And across the internet I've noticed a trend starting. The british newspapers write something negative about South Africa. A few South African expats jump for the jugular ...but then....the backlash. And who does the backlash come from ? British people who live in South Africa, of travel here frequently and are sick of the rubbish.The Brits outnumber the silly saffers "flight muppets" (great term by the way...I started the muppets and someone added the flight ...together I propose that become the official word for the expat wetmats)....by a great proportion as expats brits read brit papers just like saffer flight muppets troll SA papers looking for bad news. The result is that finally these horribly boring flight muppets are being exposed for the liars and alarmists they are, and about time too.
I loved how someone put it :
Crime IMHO is the subject that most WHITE South Africans bang on about, especially the ones that ran way post '94 and want to believe that the place has / is will go to the dogs..
Crime is used as a dog whistle for people that feel that they can't just come out and say they preferred it back in the day when blacks knew their place and all was rosy in the garden
I've traveled to each and every corner of SA, never had the slightest problem, been to Hillbrow after midnight, no worries..Melville..lovely place..
I'm not saying crime isn't an issue but it's a big issue when you live in Alex and much less so when you live elsewhere...
I've been burgled in Dublin 4 times, once in London, never in Jozi...
I'm sick and tired of white flight muppets moaning and Europeans believing the hype, if you go to SA, get out into the real world and enjoy it, you'll meet incredibly friendly people and have an amazing time, you'll be a better person if you do...
Just as a matter of interest...do you read my site ? If you do , maybe you'd like to point out on that page that using murder stats from the year 2000, when since then they've come down 44% is extremely dishonest.
And lastly , here is another gem responsing to one of the flight muppets :
You're clearly an ex Saffa, thriving on negative news to validate your decision to leave the country. I have seen enough of the likes of you to recognise the slobbering ranting and raving. And if you see a sliver of positive news, you will obscenely twist and distort it to become negative, until it soothes the burning ache in your heart for haviing left this paradise.
So whilst you roam the blogs looking for an opportunity to vent your anger and pent up rage: today we had a braai in the glorious highveld (winter) sunshine, gargled Castle lager, basked in the glory of a Rugby world cup championship, content in the afterglow of victory against the Lions, hosted a successful Confed Cup, ran a glorious IPL, are building massive infrastructure for 2010, and working hard in unity across all races to welcome the world next year. And we shared the unique South African sense of humour, laughing until our stomachs hurt.
Of course all this positive news about South Africans of all hues making a go of it will deepen your sense of loss and pain at having left; so bang the keyboard with all your might, spouting your doomsday cliches. Good riddance to bad rubbish like you