Move along, move along people, there’s nothing new here, it will be more of the same long after the week has ended believe you me.
Another week in South Africa off to a galloping start with revelations that a throng of media folk and a National Prosecutor have Finally outed and exposed themselves as DA members/cheerleaders whose sole aim was to ignore negative DA reporting while looking for problems elsewhere with a fine tooth comb – ja Glynnis (Breytenbach)….and then there was Mamphela Ramphela..but first…
Germans suffered TWO crippling, extremely cruel, heinous World Wars; unimaginable levels of oppression, segregation (remember the Berlin Wall that literally divided a city and a people in two?) – Yet they rose within a few years a better and stronger nation than before, why? - Because they had capable, real leaders who galvanized the Germans around common goals into rebuilding their country with pride and Unity.
They adequately addressed the mess created by their past, together - instead of chanting cheap marketing slogans of ‘rainbow nations and unicorns’, they rolled up their sleeves and rebuilt.
Someone once said: ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia. Never fight a battle of wits when iocane powder is involved. And never, never, never, never, never, never, never let the New Republic's editors choose the headline for your article’. * Iocane powder is a fictional deadly Australian poison which is highly toxic* – change a word or two and you pretty much have a picture of where we’re at, or headed.
Our leaders in business and government should be asking one question: “How can we unite South Africans around common goals and priorities?” instead they pit us against each other to win a vote or two, ignore landlessness, inequality, they merge, cross floors, ignore the vast race-based income disparities, do little or no real work or do more damage than good to our economy and long-suffering citizens…then they still come knocking for votes, demanding our vote, tolling us, stealing – Most of them have lost the plot, they have Nothing new to actually offer or promise us, their members are too lazy and too dishonest - of their leaders, few have real character, even fewer have a backbone.
In theory Dr. Mamphela Ramphela has it All, someone who would make a perfect President for South Africa, a female, intelligent, articulate, former lover of struggle icon Steve Biko, one whom Nelson Mandela proposed to before he proposed to Graca - she formed her own political party that could not manage to make a single wave, somehow she appeared too staid, like my granny on a Sunday, unlikely to stir up any interest of any kind in anyone – she’d benefitted from BEE and now was stuck between the Devil and the big blue sea, who did she really represent? – It’s not enough to represent the truth and clean governance; people want to know how you will deal with inequality, unemployment, drugs/ violence, corruption, the ill and destitute.
New parties popular with the poor majority are wise enough to realize that flaunting untold taxpayers money on costly court cases and blatant theft while speaking a gospel of serve delivery, poor wages at the mines and caring for the poor is no longer holding any water, you must do more, walk the walk - Agang’s message was too vague if not contradictory, and so she has hopped over to the DA leaving Agang totally in the lurch, questionable integrity? - Ramphela will add a measure of respectability and gravitas lacking in the DA but will she too be afraid to address land and economic reform inside a party filled with members who reject change?
I was listening to the news on Koffifi FM 97.2 when I remembered that the brightest and most intelligent people also do and/or say the dumbest things from time to time, not as often as ignorant people do – people who should know better Do slip up from time to time and say things, or do things they (in all likelihood) should have given a little more thought to beforehand.
It’s important to mix with wise people, (not necessary highly educated people, just wise people, note that some of the wisest people I’ve met had no education at all, but they knew their priorities better than most, and some were very young, but wise beyond their years) - wise people will quickly put you back on the right track when the ignorant wouldn’t even know that’s it’s the wrong track to begin with.
…And God knows, at the moment, we’re sure as hell on the wrong track!
*My comments are not meant to be attached to any tender document as part of a submission*.