Republic of Corruption

Has anyone else actually noticed
That the public good is fucked completely
Res publica is shattered and lies
In fragments of disconnected bleating
We’ve created nothing new since
April 1994’s democratic dispensation
A few overpriced infrastructure projects
All of which were planned before liberation
Progressively the public good has been degraded
And dragged down to the locus of the mud hut
We have regressed and begun tolerating
An uncivilised behavioural dung rut
Where is the freedom we were promised
When we agreed to tolerate the congress corruption?
Where is the opportunity we have deserved
Since before the new South African polarisation?
Why do some people get paid even though
They do no work and just pass the time?
Why do some people keep their jobs even
Though they’re corrupting their office lines?
Millions are starving, the social grants
Only buy food for a few days, it’s a shame
Many more millions are homeless ‘cos
Living on the street or in a shack is the same
Our politicians have created a class of lepers
Corrupt to the core, paid by the state
They waste time all day, doing minimal work
And get paid a fat wage for their hate
That’s all they are, fat cheerleaders who
Hate any opposition to the government’s theft
They clamour for more catering and the use
Of department vehicles for another sho’t left
Social media on cellphones paid for by the
Government constitutes “work” for some
No-more “t-shirts and caps” these comrades
Wear designers to cover their fat bums
When will Mandela come back from the dead
HALALA MADIBA HALALA, to reign supreme
All we see is crooked cadres, short-paid
Kickbacks, newspaper shame and dirty deals
Even the cops aren’t benefitting, they should
Have cleaned up during the lockdown vacation
Unfortunately Cyril, the Jerusalema shenanigan
On Braai Day can’t save this broken nation
Let each province go free, with its own
Constitution, let each manage their own affairs
End the cross-subsidisation that is keeping
Potemkin alive outside of the eight metros!

By avishkargovender

Avishkar Govender is 3i.

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