I must admit, we are all very lucky we had Madiba to take the reigns of the "New South Africa". Ja sure, he was not perfect, he was the first to admit it, but I doubt anyone else could have come close to being better than him. He saved us from a potential civil war (ok, De Klerk also deserves a lot of credit for this), and he really had us heading in a unified direction. Pity he did not stay on for just one more term, but maybe he was just too tired after all those years in jail.
I was a proud South African today for what Mandela represented to the world. I was not proud of the roudy crowd, which seemed so uninterested in the real meaning of the event, which just seemed to see it as an excuse to toyi toyi and be rowdy. Just another party.
The ANC that followed the end of Madiba's era has being plagued with bad leadership. Mbeki was OK, but his handling of the Aids issue bordered on insane. I think Mbeki had good intentions, but I'm sure he was slightly insane, hence we ended up with the populist Zuma. (With great assistance from the populist Malema)
I'm sure Madiba will not rest in peace knowing the leadership (or lack thereof) that has followed in his place. The directionless populist will always adjust their policies according to what they believe is popular and will achieve votes, regardless if their promises are remotely achieveable or not. The current populists have enriched themselves grotesquely on money meant for the improvement on the lives of the people they claim to represent the interests of.
You know you have a poor leader when he is booed by a crowd consisting largely of his own parties supporters. When the crowd at such a noble event such as Madiba's memorial is so undisciplined, behaves in a way that embarrasses us in the eyes of the entire world. It is behaviour that has been taught by a regime which does not lead by example, which teaches its people to treat their own country like a dustbin. It is not what I saw under Mandelas leadership.
My only hope is that somehow the ANC is reclaimed by people with proper morals. The ANC will win the next election, lets hope its corrupt leadership is replaced before then by honest and noble people.
I can understand the Mandelas are few and far between, but is it really necessary to live with the extreme opposite such as the Zuma's and all of his cronies. How depressing. I can only hope ...
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