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A Road beyond Mangaung

16 December 2012, 17:47

Magaung has been the topic of the day.  The ruling party has had nothing but bad publicity with the number one citizen been painted all shades of colour.

Are we indeed missing the bigger picture? Are we not learning from our neibouring African states?  Africa is in turmoil and many view South Africa as a safe haven while we South African would beg to differ.  We are a young democracy as many put it but as toddlers we are failing to learn from our elders (long liberated states) and learn from their mistakes. 

Now we are sitting with a problem that will most likely lead us to what our African neighbours are facing.  People are by nature flawed and greedy a fact that at the midst of all African problems, why should our not so new government be any different?

If anything 2007 and Mangaung  have clearly highlighted our road to joining the rest of Africa, we of course will not mention service delivery, Nkandla, spy tapes, vote of no confidence, unemployment, education, information bill, secrecy bill, increasingly corrupt government officials, Marikana, De doorn and the latest Lenasia. 

Criticism is countered with name calling and brute language, yet South Africans feel this misguided sense of loyalty to those that liberated them from Apartheid, what troubles me in the wake of all these African civil wars is that South Africans are so complacent and would rather bury their heads in the sand.  When has that ever made any problem disappear?  I can picture us the people against the ANC in the streets (drawn from Morsi and his brotherhood vs opposition) taking it out in the streets, and then again that is just my imagination running away with me.

The ANC has become a one man party with gangster like traits Zuma is the Godfather ofcourse, with its increasing intolerance to criticism and ever growing deafness to public outcry, opposition parties just making a lot of noise and becoming a nuisance in the process. 

People have no alternatives and  our frustrations are getting worse as there is no one to listen.  Just like the French revolution the people will erupt with frustration for they have no ear that is listening and their situation is not changing while leadership is squandering public funds.

Our situation is not isolated just a case of history repeating itself and our leadership knowing no better for they choose not to look back and learn.

Mangaung whatever its outcome will determine how we place our votes and how we proceed with our government, either way the ANC is becoming autocratic and people are more and more losing hope.  Where is this leading South Africa?

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