The way of the anteater...
There are many ways to approach a news story in TabloidLand...
There is the way of the rhinoceros - straight down the middle! The way of
the lion - all mad courage. The way of the jackal - all sly and scheming... And
even the way of the chameleon - slow and calculating...
But THEN there's the way of the anteater...
Here's how that works:
We know there are probably ants hiding in that, there mound of earth...
So like the anteater we approach - big claw poised...
GRRRCH! We make the first scratch...
One scratch does nothing, of course.
But the anteater - like us - knows that.
So - GRRRCH! - he scratches again.
And again...and again...and again!
GRRRCH, GRRRCH, GRRRCH!
In time the outside of the anthill starts to crumble.
And, of course, by now there's panic inside.
They've been listening to the evil sound of scratching for a long time
now...It's driving them CRAZY!
In fact, deep in their once-cosy nest, they KNOW they've been nailed - so to
They KNOW their time is limited now.
For the equivalent in the human world one need not look far.
Consider the arms scandal right here in SA, Watergate in the USA... any great
scandal anywhere. All were uncovered by the human equivalent of anteaters...
scratch, scratch, scratch.
For those inside the anthill, it's always tempting to deal with the
situation by shooting the anteater...
Just consider the looming media laws here...and the tragic annual toll of
murdered journalists elsewhere on our continent.
We do a fair bit of charging, ripping and creeping at the Suns.
But right now we're in the middle of a great story achieved by the way of the
Right now, starkly exposed after weeks of patient digging and scratching, is the
inconvenient truth that the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) is
off the rails.
What were meant to be free houses for the very poor are now a thriving business
commodity, being bought and sold by bogus estate agents and even rented out by
Our latest salvo in this duel came this week - as you can see - when we revealed
that a bogus estate agent in Cape Town told us she had sold 20 houses in just
ONE RDP development in recent years.
She believed that her evil deeds had caused her to become sick...and had
decided to come clean in the hope that a bit of honesty would solve her health
Maybe she's right.
But the anteater will keep scratching.
Soon this edifice of RDP corruption too shall fall...
Deon du Plessis
about 4 hours ago from SunPublisher, Deon du Plessis