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Divide and Conquer

09 July 2014, 07:58
(derived from the Latin saying Divide Et Impera)
“ in politics, sociology and economics, a strategy to gain or maintain power” – Divide and rule

Where are we coming from since 1994? – I would like to believe that we have grown as a nation of diversity. In 1995 we won the first Rugby World cup, and Tata Madiba wore the green and gold as his token of support for a predominantly white sport at the time.

We won then and we could win again. Which is exactly what we did in 2010 when we hosted the FIFA world cup in South Africa. Not on the field though but off the field by being a nation who got behind the idea that all South Africans can support and uplift each other.

Soccer or Football has become our morning, noon and night talk. We decorated our cars, ourselves and buildings with the South African flag. We hooted at each other in unison when driving past, shouting, screaming with a united feeling of euphoria. Not so much I think because of the games being played at the various stadiums around the country, but because we had this feeling inside ourselves of hope bred from the tolerance for each other during that time.

So what happened after that... Where did our “hope” disappear to, the tolerance and respect that we had. The sharing of a handshake, a hug, an acceptance that we are different in cultures, but united under one banner.. ”proudly South African”?

It fell away because of the simple fact that we as the citizens of this country allowed politicians to divide us with what happened in the past before our country for the first time really became a democracy. Not just the ruling party are to blame, but all of them equally are chasing after our vote based on our fears of historical injustices and newly created ones. When people are divided they are easily ruled.

Not forgetting the past, we should not just remain in the present, but look ahead to a future where everyone is an equal to another sharing the same dreams and hopes. To achieve this we need to start living in the present to change the future. People make mistakes, and that is just what politicians are, but they have the power to influence. Let us not be influenced by talks of negativity and historical injustices, but remember where we come from and that it is in our hands to change the future. We voted the politicians into power, and we can vote them out also. Let us decide where we want to be and what we want to become as a nation, irrespective of who so naively think they are the rulers of our destiny.

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