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Complex Simplicity

22 December 2013, 08:01

With regard to interest in politics, I’m . . . how shall I put it . . . like the average South African. I don’t know all the nitty and gritty of how the engine running this country works. Sometimes I’d watch the news and lose interest because I can’t readily identify names, places, institutions etc. But even the average South African fears for the future of this nation. In all of us there is this underlying unease when we think about South Africa and where it’s headed with its current leadership.

Mr Zuma has made a few headlines since he’s taken the seat. Most of which are scandals. From the rape trial, through the whole Gupta thingy, right up to being booed on an international stage. Because I’m not much into politics, I often wonder how and why Jacob was chosen to be the president of South Africa in the first place. I’m thinking maybe the answer is to complex for the average South African to understand. It might be too complex if you had not studied the history of South Africa, or the ANC or Jacob Zuma himself. All I know is, if I was on the panel that had to choose ANC’s leadership, spending one week with Mr Zuma before election would’ve been enough to conclude that he is not president material. It’s as simple as that. . . Or is it?

If you had a group of people who value things like trustworthiness, honesty, courage, equality, intelligence and creativity, surely the leader of that group of people would be all these things and more! He’d be a leading example; converting their ideals into a reality. I refuse to believe the average South African is corrupt, dumb or selfish, why should our leader be any of these? I refuse to believe the average South African condones the president’s actions.

Mandela once said (Yes, yet another quote from Madiba): “If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, do to the ANC what you’ve done to the apartheid government.” Well, the current government (who IS the ANC) has deserted the people they are supposed to serve. It’s evident everywhere you go. Crime and poverty is ever increasing. Corruption and inequality is the order of the day. Sadly, government officials are thieves and liars. Things like the Nkandla residents Upgrade (mind you, which was “essential”) is becoming the kinda news you’d expect to hear.

Maybe I’m ill-informed and know too little about it to judge. But all I know is, if we continue on this current path, we might reach a dead end.

 How can the government better itself? I have a few, very simple suggestions: Get rid of all the rotten tomatoes, even if they happen to be head of state. Employ trustworthy, educated and hardworking South Africans (there are so many of them out there who can’t get a job). We pay a lot of tax without complaining; at least make sure every single cent of it goes to good and meaningful use. Are these suggestions too simple? Maybe I don’t understand the “complexity” of how these things work. Maybe it’s too complex to explain why these things cannot happen.

What the hell do I know; I’m just an average joe. All I want is to take very good care and protect of my wife and two daughters. I’m just wondering who’s taking care of ME, while I’m doing it. As I’m trying to lead my wife and daughters with integrity, who will lead me in that same way?

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