Wednesday, 3 November 2010

South Africa, A place I call home.

I have nothing against the ANC.
It is the party I voted for in past elections, with the hope that they would make South Africa a better place for everyone to live in. A place everyone can be proud off to call home.
But some things concerns me about the way they go about doing their business. They tend to deviate from the business we elected them to do. I’m a South African born man, and has never left the borders of this great country (And have no intentions of ever leaving, except maybe for a holiday if I can afford one) I also have no intentions of ever leaving country,  or to migrate to another country. I love my Country, and Mine is to stay and fight for this Country and to make it a better place for the next generations.

I have started to develop doubts about the captains we elected  to steer this country in the right direction. I think they are messing up. How does one explain the prevailing high unemployment, crime rates, the failing educational system, and poor GR.12 pass rates amongst other ills of this Country?
As a resident of the township, I’m flabbergasted by the SAPS who priorities arresting people that are enjoying alcoholic beverages, more than focusing on hard core criminals who might be raping our sister, murdering our brothers for their possession, and blowing up ATM’s. They are denying law abiding citizens some times to relax with a beer ,after a week of hard work in the office. The police holding cells on weekend are full of detained people who's only crime was to have a drink while chatting to a neighbor on the opposite street. When someone is in real need of the police, you’ll be told they have no vehicles to attend to you right away, so you just have to take a number and wait in the queue.

South Africa is faced with many challenges like unemployment which have a direct link to the sickening crime rate in this country.
But it appears that crime get rewarded in South Africa, and criminals (With the right kind of connections) get all the protection they need.
Examples are galore, think of the real reason behind the demise of the scorpions, and the decision to stop the investigation into the Arms Deal probes.
Somewhere there’s a link, and the government doesn’t seem to care what we think of it. They are so arrogant and assured of our continues support in the ballots. They don’t mind pissing on our backs, and then have the audacity to tell us It’s not piss, but rain.
Most incidents relating to fraud (I’m talking white color crime, and fraud) are either committed by the same people we put in power. When they get caught, they somehow manage to escape punishment. I guess doing time is only meant for the poorest of the poor. How does anyone become a Director of 6 Companies while South Africa is facing such huge numbers of unemployment.
We have graduates sitting without a Job, and for some people to have so many positions just doesn’t make sense

How much longer are we going to tolerate that? Are we really that ignorant to accept that all they do is in our best interest, even though it’s clear that most of them are there for self enrichment. Most of the so called “Black Diamonds “ have direct connections or relations to someone who happens to be in Government, or someone who’s related to a struggle veteran. What about the average Themba on the street? Does he not fall under the previous disadvantaged group. Is it a questions him not being black enough ? What does one has to do to be recognized as one of those who fall in the group of those that needs to be empowered. The sad thing in Themba’s case is, he used to be categorized under the previous disadvantaged group in the New South Africa after 1994, and he still finds himself under the Current disadvantaged group after 16 years of liberation.

When it becomes clear that people are getting fed up by all this nonsense of corruption, nun delivery, and false promises, They do a cabinet reshuffle to buy time and appear to be doing something, while the reshuffle only serves as a vehicle to give other comrades a chance to get their hands on the public coffers. Not to mention the business deals and tenders that it will offer to the people connected to this individuals in the guise of BBBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment). In most cases BEE is a smoke screen, and it does not empower the people it was meant to empower, but the politically connected. I’m afraid that at the pace we going, we might end up with a Zimbabwean situation.

Every generations has a revolution, Maybe it’s upon us, the youth of today to take up the torch, and light the way to a better future.
I appeal to our young brothers and sister out there to stand up, and be counted upon. Who will be our next heroes to fight for our Economical Liberation?
Who’s name is going to be immortalized alongside the true heroes of the political liberation like Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Chris Hani , Elias Motsoaledi, Elmon Malele, and many others. We don’t need the wealth of this country to stay in the hands of the select few. Every South African who is willing to work hard should get a fair chance to create some wealth for himself.

As much as Apartheid’s legacies still exist today, we cannot keep blaming it for all our problems. Even once we started having after liberation.
We face current problems like economical empowerment for all South African’s and achieving pay parity according to gender and ethnicity.
According to the following article, the survey found that the average white male earned R25093 and his black counterpart R13684, which is “kak” if you ask me.
The problem I have with the difference in earnings is that it creates a bad perception.
Look at this scenario:
We have two guys, one black (Sipho), and the other white (Jack). They work for the same company, doing the same job, and having almost similar qualifications and skills, with the only difference being their earnings. Jack stays in the Suburbs in Sandton, and Sipho still stays in the backroom of his mother RDP house  in Thembisa because he cannot afford the things Jack can.
What perception will it invoke in Jack when he see the situation in which Sipho lives? He will think Sipho is careless, and irresponsible with his earning
It perpetuate the image and stereo type of a black man not able to use his brains.
Why can’t we all be equal in this day and age? And what is this government doing about this?

A political party must start earning their positions to be elected based on achievements and deliveries, and not just because they liberated us.(Keep in mind that as much as the ANC has positioned itself as the only champions of our liberations, they are not the only political party that brought us our Freedom. Other Parties like the PAC, AZAPO, Civil organizations, normal people on the streets, and the true heroes that sacrificed their lives all played an important part too) So, no one person or political party should claim credit for the liberation of the people of South Africa. It should be a collective credit. Yes, you and you, and you played a part in it.
I mean really, when are we going to wake up and hold some people accountable. We don’t need a small group of individuals that are empowered through their
political connections to justify enriching themselves through BBBEE. Every time they mention BEE, is the same old faces that appears.
I wonder how many people still see the ANC the champions of the poor, and the guardians of our Constitution, and for how long?

Maybe people should stop voting for people out of loyalty for our liberation.
We should vote for a party that will really be for the people, and not just the few politically connected individuals.
Unfortunately there is still no viable political party that can be the alternative to the ANC. A party that can be the true representatives of the people needs.
For a moment there seemed to be hope on the Horizon with the birth of COPE, but COPE has revealed itself for what it really is.
COPE is about people who lost power, and who will do anything to get some of that power back, at all cost. If this was not true, I supposed the matured gentlemen who are supposed to lead the movement were supposed to be able to put their differences aside for the sake of a greater cause bigger than themselves. Mr. Thabo Mbeki did himself a big favour by distancing himself from COPE, this ship would have gone down with him, as it appears it is on its way to self destruct. President Zuma did warn them that it would be cold and lonely out of the ANC, and they didn’t listen

There might still be hope for COPE, but the wise men of COPE needs to take a leadership stance, do the honorable thing and step down in order for new leaders to take up these positions. The current leaders of COPE has too much baggage which they inherited from the ANC. It’s quite difficult to view them as leaders who can bring about serious changes to the lives of many in this country. The DA, well, that’s a topic for another day. Their failure to appeal to the normal black man on the street is going to be a problem for them for many years to come.

If there is one common goal all South African’s should strive for, It is to avoid South Africa becoming a dominant one party state. (That’s if it’s not too late already) Keep in mind that absolute power corrupts absolutely

If anyone out there knows of any good party, that I and millions others out there who wants to make a difference, can vote for come next election, let me know. I want to make a difference. What about you?

Will the real South African’s please stand up, and make South Africa a place where all will feel proud to call Home.

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