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Lies are so much SA’s norm that even good people can’t COPE with ...

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Lies are so much SA’s norm that even good people can’t COPE with the truth

If ANC leaders like Manuel had stood up to be counted when COPE was formed we wouldn’t be where we are today

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One of the greatest dangers of living through a time of perverted reality, a time when things that are right are branded as wrong by the powers that be, is that good men and women may also begin to lose grasp of their ethical compasses. At such times, when evil is called good and wrong is perverted to right, the lines blur and good people begin to doubt themselves.

Our country was under siege and our reality so thoroughly perverted from 2008 to 2017 that many among us can no longer tell what is wrong and what is right, what is evil and what is good. Criminals were in ministerial positions, while upstanding citizens cowered in fear. The good Scorpions were disbanded while corruption accused walked free.

It comes as no surprise that some of our best people are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder — the abusers’ lies during the time of perversion are beginning to seem like truth to the victims. In these victims’ eyes the ethical stances they took now seem to have been wrong...

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