Tension fills the air with our community up in arms and
stressed to the maximum.
Just recently a community member shared the experience she had with the SA Revenue Service. It all started when
*Alice* received an SMS sent out in bulk, requesting people entitled to a refund to go to SARS and submit their bank details, proof of residence, etc.
*Alice* left one Monday morning to do just that, After waiting almost three hours, she was merely told that her water and lights account was not valid as proof of residence. She had to go to Mogale City and get a letter issued by them as proof.
So off Alice went to the Municipality, only to be told that she had to go to the ward office and ask her ward councillor for a letter confirming her actual residence.
However, ward councillors are not based at the Municipality and she had to call and make an appointment, then drive out to get the
letter issued by her ward councillor.
So back to SARS she went and after another two hours was informed all was then in order. Yet she is still waiting for her money to be paid.
Now, with the new fuel hike upon us, food is likely to become more expensive, with the result that people are cutting not only luxuries, but essentials as well, and not “cutting on the bone anymore, but into the marrow”, so to speak.
Crime figures are higher than ever and with theft, robberies and violent crimes on the rise; drug dealers and prostitution flaunted in every area; laws protecting criminals; racial double standards; rising unemployment; and daily retrenchment by employers, we find our fellow community members grabbing each other by the throat, mired in frustration, hopelessness and anger.
Videos featuring murders, mutilations, rape and horrific shameful blatant evil in graphic detail, are going viral.
As sales drop everywhere, anger is becoming more vociferous and the general
atmosphere everywhere unbearable. When is enough enough?
It is easy to say that one must keep faith and stay positive, but until society stands
together, takes each other’s hands and releases each other’s throats, and does the
right thing, the situation will not improve.
Complaining won’t change anything, including the weather, or pay the bills.
We at the West Rand Window hear your cries, hear your frustration and encourage all to stand together, keep faith, stay true and let us know how we can help. Together we can make the world a better place.