Every day brings more evidence of the fateful stench of decay, Africa-style, in our country, decay which starts with ignorance, feeds on the brutality of the fast multiplying hordes, where dog eats dog, rejects all moral restraints and ends in self-aggrandizement, in lust for wealth and power, in intolerance and corruption, crime and chaos. South Africa, after all is said and done, is Africa.
All centenaries are remarkable. Even those which occur in the dark times of danger and despair. This is APN's 200th edition, a not inconsiderable achievement considering the sandbanks and floating debris which have endangered the progress of our little boat in the swollen river of political rhetoric, deception, propaganda, threat, obfuscation and, finally, incompetence and ignorance, as it has been swept and tumbled in a violent passage to the sea of trouble in which South Africa now finds itself.
Like baby napkins, so the saying goes, politicians should be changed often, and for the same reason.
SOMEDAY, perhaps ten years from now, some historian will sit down and, fascinated, appalled, begin writing the history of SA's political press. For, squirm as they now may, every single section of SA's mainline press, English and Afrikaans alike, must be held responsible for the present SA tragedy: what General Viljoen describes as "this crisis of chaos."
After 12 months of an avalanche of TV histrionics, backed by hysterical media headlines, this R130 million extravaganza has degenerated into little more than a series of one-sided show trials aimed, it would appear, at the moral annihilation of the Afrikaners. Academics prefer the term, "cultural genocide."
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