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Country Bleeding and band aid.

03 April 2013, 10:35

Every day I go onto various news sites to catch up on what’s going on here in South Africa and also the world to a certain extent. Like most who follow this routine, or some who read from just one source, I am constantly shocked by one thing, the corruption and overall failure of our government to run our country on a day to day basis and the blatant lies we choose to believe and do nothing about that go along with it. I believe our country has the potential to be the best in the world, but that the shortcomings of our Government are going to result in us never realizing this potential. I do not care who runs this country as long as they do it well and honestly.

Something we as a population have forgotten is the fact that we voted the government into power, we put them there. Whether you voted for the ANC or not everyone from the President to the police to the people sitting behind the home affairs desks and our local Municipal Leaders are people who have been employed by the government to serve the people. The problem we face is that our Government leaders and employees are not in their jobs to best serve the needs of the people but instead they are there for personal financial gain. Our political leaders are seen as “successful business men” by a majority of our country and not as the fraudsters, thieves and liars that they are.

Unfortunately our government breed’s corruption, greed has strangled our leaders, and now the fear of a public back lash has them scurrying for worthless answers and scape goats. The e tolls situation is a good example: the public “No, we don’t want e tolls”, the government: “we don’t care what you think, we’ll disregard you and move on” is that how a democracy works? We can bring up the arms deal, the text book situation, Marikana, the information bill (yes, it’s still there) etc etc etc. How long do you think we’re going to be able to survive with all these extra taxes? This view that a job in government means a high income instead of the opportunity to build a legacy of excellence from a personal point of view is going to hurt us sooner rather than later. Our leaders have an integrity rating of zero, and I say that with confidence.

What gets to me most is the fact that we read in the news about billions of rands being spent on tenders, millions of rands “vanishing into thin air”, as well as salaries being paid that most could only dream of, and on top of this there is the police brutality, text books still not being delivered and VIOLENT crime rates flying through the roof and an obvious total lack of general public services. All we hear from government spokesmen when these stories come about is “It is being investigated, and the correct procedures are being followed” and that’s where it stops. How stupid do they think we are? Unfortunately, such is our world that bad news comes around faster than tax payer’s money is spent and being human we quickly move on to the new story and forget about the last. This is our own shortfall.

What I am getting at is this, I have had enough. I’m sick and tired of reading stories about millions and millions of rands going missing and being wasted on these government ventures that do not warrant the cost. I am sick and tired of the government treating me like an idiot, like a person who either has no clue about what’s going on or who is too scared to do something about it, and worst of all as someone who simply does not care enough to do something about it. You see, we have the ability as a population to stand up and say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” we put these people there, if they aren’t doing their jobs, just like anyone else, THEY MUST GO! I am not talking about a bloody civil war or revolution, exactly the opposite actually. What I would die for is to see South Africans standing together, all races and religions, social classes and ages, straight or gay, male and female and for all of us to say “Get it right, or get out!” We’re all in this together at the end of the day, the Government isn’t spending more of a white persons taxes on their flashy cars than a black persons.

South Africans are lauded for our ability to “moan and groan”, we know exactly what is going on and how bad it actually is, because truthfully it is devastating, it is tearing our country apart no matter who you are or how you look at it, but still all we do is talk about it and the buck stops there. All of our educational, medical and criminal woes stem from these shortcomings, but we’re doing absolutely nothing to fight this scourge.

Have we forgotten what can happen when millions of people stand together and scream and shout and stamp their feet on the ground? Since when were white people too good to get out onto the streets and protest? Since when is it every single white persons fault that apartheid occurred, and now we can’t be on the same team politically? Why can we just not be big enough, mature enough to forgive (not forget) and move in one direction? Are we really so easily manipulated by the government pulling the race card that it keeps us divided? Why South Africa have we become so submissive, divided, full of hatred and numb to violence? We have given power to brutes who are unable to keep their promises due to a lack of moral integrity not because of a lack of funding and public support.

At the end of the day, we all want to help each other, human beings are like that.

I believe I have a solution, it will not fix everything in a day, nor will it fix everyone’s problems, but it’s the first brick in our building. The voice of the many is stronger than the voice of the few, and a peaceful steady revolution is what is needed here. There are people all around us seeking truth and change and many more are opening their eyes, I implore South Africans as a whole to start taking more of an interest in the news, to read from more than one news source and educate ourselves when it comes to political general knowledge.

Then most importantly, without fear of judgment and condemnation when something really riles and upsets you to stand up and do something about it, start a petition, become an online activist, spread information about corruption, get involved in your community, if your well educated get out into the townships and help those that did not have the opportunities you did, if you think you have an idea on how to positively impact our country and its people GO FOR IT FLAT OUT! We are the only ones that have the power and will to change this place, let’s stop relying on others to do it for us, let’s create a dream.

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