The most painful thing is that the politicians who promised heaven and earth after white farmers left are themselves well fed. The only people who suffer are ordinary black Zimbabweans.
The other SA political leader who is busy applying Goebbels-type tactics is Cyril Ramaphosa. Millions of hope-thirsty South Africans have swallowed his short and clear slogan: New Dawn.
Hypnotised by the New Dawn, people no longer see reality around them. It is true that most of us are very happy that the spectre of Jacob Zuma is finally confined to Nkandla, but it is equally true that life has become tougher.
GDP growth has declined, which means our economy has shrunk. What matters is not a sweet-sounding investment pledge from China, or some Arab country; the real question is whether the economy is growing or not. Even a mindless buffalo knows the economy is in decline.
We wake up to yet more sad news that Implats will retrench 13000 workers, and Goldfields 1000. Where is the New Dawn when workers lose their jobs?
A top secret, now leaked, is that the government is contemplating massive public sector retrenchments - estimated at 30000. Denials are not accompanied by a promise of new jobs.
Another fact, which does not sit well with short and clear slogans, is that the price of petrol has been going up. You now pay more for food at your nearest supermarket.
As if to add insult to injury, the New Dawn hiked VAT from 14% to 15%. All this takes more money from our already empty pockets.
Soon innocent people will celebrate another $2-billion (R29-billion) loan from China. It is a dawn of debt.
With the land expropriation brouhaha that has polluted our atmosphere, we must expect more job losses in the agricultural sector. Reality finally bites. Remember the saying: "If you forget that you are poor, your conditions will remind you."