Fish oil is the new “cool drink” for speed agents

Trust South Africans to shed light on the most serious issues. The price of “fish oil” is no joke.

It has ramifications in all aspects of our lives. From age-old sayings to damages paid for cultural purposes to punishments for the social ills that characterize our broken nation, the price of cooking oil is shaking things up.

At nearly one clipper per two litres, the effects are dire with those in law enforcement for its ‘additional earning potential’ now asking for ‘fish oil’ instead of ‘cold drink’ .

A motorist – fed up with rising fuel prices, electricity, meat and car refunds – was heard protesting to a traffic cop: “Fish oil? »

A conversation usually held in a low voice was now giving a show. “For doing just 85 km/h in an 80 zone. No way, you can write the ticket!

There are no winners when there is anarchy. It’s the kind of environment that allows wanted criminals, fugitives and repeat offenders to roam freely.

It’s so bad that even the quarrels between neighbors caused by naughty children who mistakenly break a window while playing are no longer settled with:

“It’s OK makhi, I’ll have him replaced. Eish, those kids. The current price for a small window is five liters of cooking oil.

Sayings such as “ubuhle bendoda izinkomo zayo”, loosely translated “a man’s beauty is his cattle”, are replaced by “ubuhle bendoda amafutha ayo”, meaning the more oil a man can afford cooking…

So, it goes without saying that a man holding two five-liter bottles of cooking oil in each hand will turn heads. And there’s no one more intimidating than a woman pushing a cart glistening with cooking oil. This is why aisle 18 of your hypermarket is the most crowded.

People are on their phones comparing prices, taking pictures and just plain amazed at the price.

Those who scoop up artery-clogging fluid without thinking twice in these difficult economic circumstances are watched with so much envy. Those who can afford the much more expensive vegetable oils have the right of way.

Vetkoek vendors charge a small fee for the street delicacy; and no one complains.

Cooking oil is increasingly on the list of gifts exchanged by the families of the bride and groom. And those who have a blast on their big day offer ‘thank you gifts’ in the form of 250ml of cooking oil, no wrapping needed. And the worst is not yet over: with prices for house brands of sunflower oil set to soar to R120 for two litres.

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Phumla MKize

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