2013 was definitely a roller coaster ride of a year for South Africa, to put it mildly. When I think back to the month of Jan, to date I can confidently say that the year was marred and characterized by death. Yes, the grim ripper was having a field day on this country in the past 12 months, both on a high profile level to the girl next door, and i mean that quite literally. So many events, where does one even begin.
I doubt anyone will soon forget the gruesome shooting of the ever so beautiful Reeva Steenkamp by his lover Oscar, and I’m pretty sure the nation hasn’t forgiven him for that. The country was robbed of a lovely, blonde model with an enchanting smile. May her soul rest in Peace. The case of the #Guptagate, hilarious story that, and up till now, we still don’t know who authorized that plane to land at the Waterkloof airport, and maybe never will (no surprises there). The strike season, that seemed to go on forever, causing a domino effect on the Rand, hiking fuel and food prices, but sadly people’s salaries didn’t even move. *smh*. The infamous #VaviGate, which, if I’m not mistaken caused a rift between Vavi and his wife, but then again Noluthando must just be a big girl because Vavi cheated on his first wife with her. What goes around comes around girl. The news reporters had more than enough material to work with this year I tell you.
Then there was the controversial case of the #NkandlaGate, notice how everything news worthy had a hash-tag and was preceded by the word “Gate” for some odd reason. (I blame twitter). The Nkandla report was a topic of interest among the South Africans and had tweeps up in arms raising all sorts of valid (some just plain funny) but all wanting to know why tax payers are bearing the brunt of supporting the President and his trail of wives. I’m of the opinion that if one wants to have multiple wives, one should be able to take car of them……..alone, leave the tax payers out of it. Not forgetting a word that many think should be added to the South African dictionary (if there is one) *drum roll*……”Firepool”. I don’t even want to get into the meaning of this word because it’s just too pathetic. As if that was not enough, (but this President makes it easy to make fun of him though) the first citizen went and approved what has now been coined the #eTollGate. Where exactly does he think the average Joe will get an extra give or take R400 odd to pay to use a public road. Someone please help me out.
Last but not least, 2013 was the year Africa de Sud lost the Son of Africa, a stalwart, a colossus, Dr Nelson Mandela. The beloved country of South Africa was at a loss. One could write books about the life and times of this great man, the first black President of the SA, I highly doubt there will ever be one like him, his soul, may it rest in peace.
With a hundred other incidents in between, these were just some of the highlights that had the masses talking, if there was one thing that we did this year, was talk, deliberate, debate, argue and tweet. With just over 24 hours left of the year, I’m pretty sure there’s quite a number of people that cannot wait to usher it out, and welcome the next year, which has already been termed 20 Fortune.
#2014, the nation is ready.