Several years ago, many South Africans (largely white), emphatically believed that Zuma would not make it past jail, would not collect 200 million, and certainly, would not become the president of our “not” so great (anymore) nation. How wrong “we” all were. So now we hear warnings of the threat of one Julius Malema and again, we, along with a growing number of black south Africans, sing the same song, Oh he’ll go to jail, he’s an idiot, he's not worthy of running a country, etc etc and I’m afraid bla bla bla, many will say.
He is a threat !! Why so? Simple! And I ask that you pardon the pun, Simple people, don’t understand, nor want, long drawn out socio-economic solutions. They don’t have the patience, or where withal needed, to wait for the country to evolve. The masses “still” have nothing.
To feel good about how many houses have been built and how many people now have running water and toilets (because you can’t call them sewage “systems”) is irrelevant, especially to the “still have not’s” and there are, sadly, millions of them. And for them change is not on its way, regardless of how good a story Zuma believes he has to tell.
Enter Dubious Delema, He offers tangible, realistic, and most important, immediate solutions to the “still have not’s”. Whether anybody thinks it’s fair or sustainable does not feature. And sadly race "does" play a part, a very vital part.
For many of the simple south Africans, and broader I’m sure, the fact that the current government is stealing “our” resources, hand over fist, and thereby squandering everybody’s money, meant to create "real change", is less important and in some instances not even comprehended. What is important to them is that white South Africans, seem, still to have it “all”. So when the government is held to account for maladministration and blatant theft, the simpler and perhaps more racist folk, still think it’s a victory against apartheid or white people. In fact, that, is the very basis of the proposed solution and the very view of one Julius Malema.
As mentioned, how sustainable his option is, is not important to someone who has nothing and no promise of anything, let alone an economically equal future.
They, “the still have not’s”, and so too would you, want and deserve change, here and now.
So to offer to take from “the white haves” through, no compensation land seizure and the “corporate white haves”(Banks, Mines, big business) through nationalisation and any other means is a real option.
Whilst his current appeal is perhaps mostly to the black minority “youth”, this is a growing class and class that owns the future of South Africa. Like it or not!
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