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ANC and emotional blackmail

03 May 2013, 20:29

Frankly, I am gatvol by the ANC with their carefully orchestrated use of emotional blackmail on the ordinary people of South Africa. Yes, we are grateful for the role that the party (together with other parties and persons) played in liberating this country. However, I am also saddened by the use of this very fact to hold people captive (mentally).

I can give you several examples to illustrate the ANC’s use of emotional blackmail on the citizenry of this magnificent country; however, I will not do so but rather give one recent example. The recent visit to Madiba’s house….

You see, the sad thing with emotional blackmail is that, the blackmailed is often so fearful (of the alternative) that the blackmailer’s option is seen best…

The emotions involved in blackmail are often so irrational and instinctively primitive that not even the rational mind can overcome them, and that is why emotional blackmail is effective. I mean, Hitler amongst others is a good example of expert blackmailers.

Yes, we are physically, politically, and economically free (mostly anyway), however, we are still mentally imprisoned by a new force, that of emotional blackmail. As a result, we have failed to hold both the ANC and government accountable for their promises as the ruling party. We even fear to reprimand them when needs be. Sadly, I would even go further to say that we beginning to identify with the corrupt, inhuman, and sometimes outrageous actions of these people; reminds me of the Stockholm syndrome.

Don’t get me wrong, there will always be a certain segment of the population who will always identify with the aggressor and fail to raise above our past and self-actualise, however, I am also aware that we can do more to encourage people (especially the youth) to break out of the mental slavery of emotional blackmail and self-actualise to a point where responsibility and accountability are the order of the date. The future of this country depends on this….

*This is my personal opinion and therefore I do not expect everybody (or anybody for that matter) to identify to what I am trying to convey. My hope is that we start a national conversation of renewal and growth for our beloved country...

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