What's wrong with black people?

2009-10-21 00:00

SOMEONE, someone black, once referred to black people as a cursed race.

When it was made, that remark felt like a sharp dagger in my heart. It sparked an ugly, acrimonious debate between the two of us. Eventually we agreed she may have grossly generalised.

The recent violence sparked by service delivery protests in black townships, particularly in Mpumalanga, left me gasping with frustration and despair.

The case in point is Sakhile near Standerton, where residents have been rampaging, causing what is probably the worst destruction in post-apartheid South Africa.

They even burnt down a local library. I repeat. A local library.

How do you burn down a community library?

Yes, there is a serious problem regarding service delivery in the country. But why burn a library? Is the library not part of the delivery of service to the community? Why destroy infrastructure? How much does it cost to build and stock a library?

Why do black people feel they are so entitled? Why do they think they have the right to destroy? What is this sickness?

Clearly, we are a “now” race. We do not think about tomorrow. I have never seen whites torching their library. But this does not mean that whites are satisfied with what is going on.

Why are we so different from them? Why are we so barbaric?

Is it perhaps because whites were created in the image of God and we were created by the devil?

But the question is why is this happening? I have been mulling over this, and I think I know where the answer lies.

Reorientation is the answer.

This mindless protestation can be traced back to the days of apartheid. Because we were faced with a violent, deadly oppressive system that did not hesitate to kill, we responded in the same way. We burnt and looted. We chanted chilling slogans. We fired AK-47 assault rifles at the oppressor. We bombed buildings, and so on and so forth.

But when our leadership took over, it did not reorientate us. This part was taken for granted, and it has come back to haunt us.

I can hear you saying, but how do we reorientate these people? Design and implement reorientation programmes. That’s part of the answer. Don’t be tardy. Just do it.

Let’s look at something here that is so strange and so bizarre and yet so true.

You see, during the struggle black people were united by what they did not want, and this was apartheid and oppression. We were not united by what we wanted or what would sustain us, which is development and identity.

That is why we are not developed. That’s why we will be poor and disadvantaged for a long time.

We wanted freedom so badly but we had no goal. Freedom without a goal is meaningless. Yes we felt the worst pain under the cloak of oppression and racism. But the pain of slavery should not necessarily be a reason to be free. The question is what do you do with your freedom? What is the goal and how do you get there?

Fifteen years of freedom is a long time. Did our leadership clearly define the goals? All things considered, there

shouldn’t be such widespread poverty after so many years. But no matter how slow the pace of service delivery, no one has the right to destroy.

Reorientate these people. They are out of control. They are mad. — Moneyweb.com

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