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Joe Public’s disillusioned with the way the country is turning out to be

My friend Joe is very unsettled.

, where he hopes to put his skills as a handy man to good use.

You see, Joe is a qualified accountant but he does not have a passion for figures – he worked for many years at a local bank before deciding it wasn’t worth the trouble.

“Each day I would count thousands of Emalangeni. I would assist people with their housing loan applications and help them buy brand new cars. I got bitter by the day as I could not afford these things and knew I never would.

“I decided enough was enough the day my loan application for a second hand car was turned down. I just had to make it another way,” Joe says.
He then decided to put his skills as a plumber cum carpenter cum electrician to good use.
Although his income is erratic, Joe is doing much better than he was while still employed. His battered car gets him from customer to customer and he always has enough money for rent, food, clothes and his favourite beer.

He is a sharp one – always reading the papers and making his opinion heard. He says he has no use for television because it makes one a recluse. He talks to anyone who will listen and lately he has been advising everyone to leave the country while they still can.
In Joe’s opinion, things are going to get really bad before they become better. Joe is only 40 but you would swear he’s 90 when he starts talking.

“I don’t really care for politics – I just want the best for myself and right now government is not making life easy for me.

“These people claim to be serious about dealing with corruption when our cabinet is full of corrupt individuals. Some of these people have robbed widows and orphans of their land so how can we trust them?”

Joe believes the planned April 12 uprising is a sign that people have had enough of empty promises. However, he has no confidence in the people leading this process as well. He says these people have not involved the ordinary Swazi in their plans and thus a lot of people remain confused about their real motives.

Pic of people voting with their feet with joe in the crowd

“I will not support a revolution at this point. I do not think the institution of the monarchy is to blame – these people should deal with government directly. Using violent means to get what they want is infantile and will only alienate them from the ordinary Swazi, who just wants a normal life,” he says.

Joe, being technically challenged and just plain crazy, has no access to Facebook but he has heard a lot about the comments on the .

He normally asks his friends to read these comments to him and his reaction is always the same –“clearly the people have had enough”.

Joe is quick to point out though that while he believes in freedom of expression, it seems some people have abused that privilege.

“How can one have confidence in people who use such language? The English vocabulary is very rich –you can still show anger without sounding uncouth. Clearly these people are no different from those whom they seek to conquer. My time in Swaziland is up,” he says.

Joe is on his way to apply for a travel document – "the first one he will ever own!"  I wonder how many people feel the same way Joe does….to join Joe or not to?

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