HOW I PERCEIVE SOUTH AFRICA
This is the first time I post an essay. I usually just comment on posts in the field of Politics or Religion. The usual crowd on News24 I thank you for your posts and comments. Some post and comments are enlightening; some funny; some provocative; some just a status update and in essence a platform to air our views.
Some of us maybe concerned as News24 junkies because we are so hooked on this side and we can hardly wait for someone to post something so we can comment on. I think all done in good spirit and generally entertaining. I think most of us will agree it is a form of escapism.
But the essence of my essay today is of a political nature, I want to address some issues that I have had on numerous occasions commented on and maybe never elaborated my position on those issues.
To begin with, South Africa is a beautiful country; it has enormous potential form Human resources to mineral resources. Its diversity makes it one of the most colourful countries in the world. The South African people are friendly, hospitable, and warm hearted people. We have our challenges like any other country and we work through them and I think we are tenacious in those areas, where we debate those issues and encourage everyone participate unreservedly to find an all inclusive and collective solution/s to our challenges. I still believe that we have one of the most progressive constitutions in world.
We are able to debate issues and if we have to, we can lobby issues that are pertinent to each one of us. We have a country that encourages multi-party system and we rightfully defend and protect the vigour of our constitutions by our actions. We have seen lately our Government was trying to impose the Secrecy bill and the e-tolling upon us and we resented that. We challenging the Government on those issues and we will do so persistently and consistently until the Government listens. This to me shows that we have a beautiful democracy and we certainly need to foster that.
Sins of their fathers
Some particularly from our white population are turning their backs on us, they feel despondent, they feel frustrated, and some just do not see a future here. They feel that they are paying for the “sins of their fathers” and they feel politically, socially and economically voiceless and that obviously creates resentment towards our Government and the black population in general. It is also not unique to South Africa for a minority to feel disenfranchised in a healthy and vibrant democracy.
In a multi-party system where a Government is elected by a majority, the primary duties of that government are to put in place policies that are in favour of the sentiment of the majority. The Government is not victimising nor punishing the minority for whatever reasons. The issue here is about prioritising. The government needs to make sure that it fulfils its mandate to look after its constituency. South Africa is particularly concerning because of its history. The mandate the Government has is enormous, it will take years to redress the injustices of the past.
Yes, we may have this argument that we may not have the right calibre of government to handle those issues, but we need to remember those issues are real, in our faces daily and they not going to evaporate over night. So we have those issues or concerns that we have work through. The Government gets a lot criticism and some rightfully so, but we have a party that was for many years was a Revolutionary organisation in exile with very little or no experience in governing a country.
We should therefore not be ultra critical of the workings of the Government. What we should actually do instead, is to put ideas and suggestions to Governments and be encouraging to the Government and see those ideas and suggestions filter through. It is one thing to always criticise and it is another to make recommendations.
So my views are, South Africa has a long way to go, we can either abandon the country like some many have done already or we can stay and make this country workable for everyone. It is possible considering our history and it is also morally the right thing to do for our country.
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