South Africa reminds me of a classroom where teacher has left the class. At first the silence is broken by some whispering -- then general talking. The pupils post someone by the door or window to keep an eye out for the teacher's return. Soon students leave their desks -- and before long, there is riotous behaviour. I myself once threw a cracker in class -- just as teacher returned. It was the revered Mister Schickerling, the senior history teacher. OBSERVATION: One wonders what our country would be like if teacher returned. I think it could very quickly settle down.