PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Bigmack
 
Comments: 9
Article views: 884
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Bigmack's badges.
 

Apartheid long gone- New Challenges new weapons

20 July 2013, 10:10

Majority dwellers of South Africa were subjected to racial segregation in a land of their own.

Apartheid was a well-structured and calculated system which oppressed many a black men and black women from 1948 to 1994.

‘Divide and rule’ was the regime’s armory to oppress the many a millions that were the majority.

Pre-1994 cadres and activists alike engaged in never-ending bloodshed and gunshots; which was the only thing perceived to deliver us from the hands of the oppressor.

Decades of fighting between the movement (cadres) and the regime delivered democracy to the people; everyone granted the right to vote, white, black, man or woman.

On the day we all cast our first democratic vote, in 1994, it was the beginning of new things to come and streets of Soweto Township and towns such as Matatiele sang song of joy.

That marked the end of that era.

This was the end of a war that many liberators fought with their lives and hearts. And the formula to solve the oppressor’s regime needed some blood to be shed for the southern tip of Africa to be free.

Now that we are free and almost twenty years into democracy, don’t you think it’s time for the formula of success to change?

What was done for us to be a free country was relevant then and not so relevant now.

I'm speaking on behalf of the Alexandra Township residents that still call shacks their home. I am crying out for the street kids whose next meal is a mystery. Let me take this opportunity to thank the African National Congress (ANC) for liberating us.

But I am saying the rules of the game that applied pre 1994 have lost relevance in the current youths’ daily tribulations.

For the youths of the new millennium apartheid is long gone and we are confronted with different battles to fight.

Just because a ship got you to the shores of Indian Ocean, doesn’t mean that it will still be able to transport you inland. The ship (ANC Movement) stood firm despite the winds and turbulence of the waves in the ocean, but now South Africa needs something that can move on land and stay on the road to defy the potholes, curved roads that we currently face.

Truth be told, the ANC ship has capable cadres, it is just the rules of the game that leaders need to familiarize themselves with.

My cry to the youths of today is to stop voting for any political party.

We do not owe anyone our vote. They have to earn it.

Almost two decades into this thing called “The Rainbow Nation”, apartheid cannot and should not be used by anyone as a fuel for us to vote for them.

That excuse has long gone past its sell by date. Our leaders should start delivering services to the people and get out of their hospital gowns.

They are only covering their fronts and their backs are fully exposed.

We have, for so many years, voted for political parties based on their history. As Marlon Smith said, “History is in the past, future a mystery and the present a gift”

As a new democracy we should shy away from giving our votes cheaply to people that do not deliver on their promises.

The power and the right to vote did not come cheap, we owe it to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Helen Suzman, Oliver Tambo, Max Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Desmond Dube, Steve Biko and many more other worthy leaders. The failure of today and mishaps that we meet nowadays cannot all be blamed on apartheid, not anymore. The questions we should ask ourselves are:

·         Do you have what it takes to take what I have?

·         Are you worth the cross I am putting on the side of your name?

·         What have you done so far, don’t tell me about liberating us from the oppressors?

·         What are your values, and most importantly do you abide by those?

As a nation, a 19 year old democracy, and diverse society, we should device a new formula which will address the challenges we face today; unemployment, poverty and inequality. Apartheid and liberation credentials are no longer valid for us to move forward as a people.

As our former statesman, President Thabo Mbeki once said “Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today. This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression.

Amandla! Power to the people! Matla! I thank you

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
4resh
Thirsting for Life

Please understand atheists, evolutionists and agnostics, that I am not here to belittle your beliefs in any way. Read more...

5 comments 67 views
Submitted by
Tommie Cato
Ag please positive Frans.....

Frankly I think Shrien Dewani has far more to be positive about this morning than I had on the entire season. Read more...

1 comments 95 views
Submitted by
Majaji
Who Pays Tax really?

We all pay Tax, let us not lie that only a certain group pays tax. Read more...

20 comments 422 views
Submitted by
Craig Pedersen
Mall robbery exposé

In the light of the trending mall robberies having moved to Cape Town, some of my friends and colleagues have been asking questions. Read more...

1 comments 282 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
My Final Prediction On The Oscar ...

This case has been a tragedy for all concerned.  Read more...

6 comments 728 views
Submitted by
Lutgen Landman
Catrakilis vs Coleman

On Saturday, the Western Province flyhalf made yet another statement. Catrakilis delivered a powerful reminder of his ability to influence a knockout match. Read more...

1 comments 655 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.