Blame the state for this dependency syndrome

2015-03-27 14:05

Jacob Zuma said that South Africans tend to exaggerate the extent of their problems as they wait for government to do everything for them instead of helping themselves.

The president is spot on but he must be reminded that the government is to blame for this dependency syndrome.

The government has made sure that people become passive receivers of service delivery instead of making them participate in their own development.

A country develops when it is able to harness the energy of its people and put them to productive use. There is nothing wrong with the government providing services to the masses but overdependence may ruin a legitimate cause.

South Africans are suffering from a dependency syndrome, as is evident from the violent service delivery protests that are taking their toll around the country.

Overdependence on the government to provide us with free services robs us of our desire and willingness to be productive and play a meaningful role in the eradication of poverty.

Our dependence on the government to provide free housing robs us of the opportunity to work hard and build our own houses.

This dependency syndrome usually amounts to corruption in the scramble for these free services since people view government as their saviour instead of an institution that must create an enabling environment for them to unleash their possibilities.

Tiyiselani Mathe

Bevhula Village, Malamulele

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