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How are you doing my country men and women?

07 February 2013, 13:00
Call me an optopessimist, if you must. If you do then I am woefully guilty.Yes why. Before I tell you,it is customary, according to my belief in ubuntu, to ask everyone 'how are you doing?' followed by my prayers to God to answer the call and needs of those who raise their hearts and their hands to the heavens.

I wish that everyone, has a roof over his head, three times food on his table and a house he can call ikhaya yam! Now as to why. I live almost a breath away from a high school where my wide teaches and every day, God bless her soul, she prepares at least a dozen sandwiches that many of her charges benefit because,on her account,many of the learner are either single parents homes or no adult supervision because of HIV/AIDS and they're lost, confused.

Leaderless and angry which accounts for the general state of lawlessness in schools and in society generally.I remember the mediocre outcomes of matric 2012 and some of the carping comments of the number that started off 12 years ago and the numbers that sit to write that exam and the ultimate results.Of these , of the 23% that have university passes,how many eventually graduate?

Finger pointing and attaching the blame is fast become a national sport of grudges without even attempting to lend a hand and I can vouchsafe the barrage of attacking and negative comments that would undoubtedly ensue, some of them so insulting and personal that they are tantamount to defamation. A recent South Gauteng High Court judgment supports my contention of how social media users should be careful. We want, I want to be part of a truly free country but with institutional and structural abnormalities this is still a way off and what is retarding the process is our apathy.

I have read people say of 'parasites' within the ANC etc and yes, we have a serious problem where incompetence,corruption and crime are virtually becoming untouchables. Dr Mamphela Rampele amongst others has written extensively and persuasively about the 'death' of the vision and the enterprise envisaged in the SA Constitution. And like Khalil Gibran, she seems to ask, in her address to our youth: what kind of South Africans are you?

Are you, she asks that South African who expects the state to do everything or are you that South African who is prepared to roll up his or her sleeves and do something to make a difference. I you are the former, then you are a parasite, if you are the latter then you are a patriot.So how are you doing my countrymen and women? are you a parasite or a patriot?

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