Tag: politics

International Joke Day

According to my interwebs today is International Joke Day.  In honour of this auspicious occasion I thought I’d share a joke with you.  I confess I did not write this particular joke, but heard it so long ago I can’t for the life of me remember who came up with it.

A farmer was sitting on his porch late one afternoon sipping some coffee while watching the little lambs grazing in the pasture next to the house.  His reverie was rudely interrupted by a shiny BMW that suddenly pulled up in the front yard, kicking up a cloud of dust.  A youngster in a snazzy suit and shoes completely unsuitable for any type of real work jumped from the driver’s seat and walked up to the farmer.

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On speaking out

On Monday the Reader delivered this post by 23thorns about a high ranking police officer who brought in a sangoma* to investigate a break-in at his office.  Just in case you think 23thorns is making this up, here’s the link to the actual news report.

But that’s not what I want to talk about.  Someone asked in the comments whether something like this will hold up in court.  I jokingly replied whether he really wanted to know and got the following reply:

“I think someone else mentioned it, but this is a dangerous stand…. I hope you are flying under the radar.”

There was another comment on the post asking whether it was “safe to wax political in SA”.

I don’t know what upset me most about these comments – whether it was the fact that this is the view these people have of South Africa, or whether they are cautioning us to be careful about what we say. Continue reading “On speaking out”