None of us is perfect

2010-04-30 00:00

AFTER reading Dinga Nkwasha’s article on the untouchable Julius Malema (April 14), I must admit, I was quite disappointed. I expected a lot from him, some big dark secret that can shed light as to why Malema is acting the way he is. Instead the writer simply used his lawyer tactics to plant a possibility in our minds but didn’t give any hard facts to back his opinion, if that’s what it was.

I have yet to read a letter from a concerned citizen who is worried about Malema’s progress and performance on the work front; instead, everyone is obsessing about his personal preferences and his public outbursts. First the hype was about his expensive wristwatch and his cars. So the man has expensive tastes and he likes spoiling himself. These are good traits to have and why can’t we all see them for exactly what they are? Shouldn’t we be looking at his performance in the job at hand? What he gets paid to do?

So why are we probing his spending habits? I remember reading letters from individuals who were trying to plant the idea of fraud in the mind of the readers and I am not denying or agreeing with this but why do we have to come to such conclusions? How many “ordinary” people steal money from the organisations they work for on a daily basis? How many ordinary people bribe traffic officials each time they are stopped? How many ordinary people get employment because of who they know instead of what they are qualified to do? Yet we are always the first to become suspicious and complain when someone else succeeds through doing such things.

Then there’s the comment Nkwasha made regarding the late Eugene Terre’Blanche. For heaven’s sake, it was just a comment. There are so many people who had something to say about Terre’Blanche’s death and some of the comments were worse than what Malema is said to have insinuated. Terre’Blanche was a hard-core racist and that’s no secret. At some point, there were certain hints that Malema’s “Kill the boer” lyrics sparked the misfortune of Terre’Blanche and I find that appalling. Besides Malema’s clarifying statement of when he started singing this song, insinuating that his song had anything to do with the killing is proof of how much racism still breathes in our country. Why does there have to be a motive from an anonymous third party, as insinuated by several individuals? Can’t we accept that he mistreated his workers and they wanted justice?

I see a man who’s being scrutinised so much that it’s even hard for him to breathe. The man is obviously under a lot of pressure and I understand why. The whole country is watching his every move and voicing opinions about everything he does. Who wouldn’t be frustrated and react the way he is reacting?

People will always find fault with each other because they expect others to be perfect, which is a very dangerous expectation. The new municipal manager is expected to perform miracles and when he fails to do what the public expects, he will be scrutinised until he is replaced. There were plenty of complaints about former president Thabo Mbeki while he was leading the country and society wanted Jacob Zuma to replace him. Now that Zuma isn’t meeting everybody’s expectations, they are suddenly realising his faults too. It’s a cycle and the truth is, no one will ever be able to please everybody.

The best we can do right now is pull together and try to make our country a safer and more pleasant place to be for all the people who are coming all the way to stay here. And I am certain that if we think really long and hard, each one of us can find something, no matter how little, that we can do to make this place and its people seem sane just for the football season instead of complaining and pointing out other people’s faults. And then maybe we can go back to being insane after that.

Lungi Dladla

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