After reading about the interpreter who has embarrassed not only a political party, but a nation as a whole, in front of the entire world and its most influential leaders, I cannot help but raise the following concerns:
1. How did he get the job?
Government is representative of a country. It's not just about local politics. It is about creating an image that seems professional in the eyes of the world - an image that, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu emphasised in his memorial speech on Tuesday, must be one of discipline
. Is this interpreter simply a friend of a politician who was appointed through the advantageous appeal of nepotism? Is the government doing favours for friends?
2. Why can he not be found?
An article posted earlier states that the man is currently being searched for. How did you lose him? Where did he run to and why did nobody ever follow up on the complaint run last year after the same thing happened with the same man at a political event? Depending on "HR" to constantly fix mistakes made over and over again is not going to suffice in a country that has bigger things to fight for.
3. A historic event has been jeopardised by negligence
Why is it that the one great thing that has happened to this country has been masked by political ranting and organisational negligence? Booing the president and making South Africa seem evermore divided despite Nelson Mandela's attempt to unite us has forced an event which was meant to honour an icon - a legend - a hero - to become a spectacle in which the South African government has been portrayed in a negative light.
As South Africans, we have taken the memory of a man who sacrificed everything
to make our country and the world a better place, and managed to make it about ourselves and our selfish needs. Could we not just, for one day, take a step back and reflect on how far we've come and how much has been done to make our lives and the lives of our fellow South Africans ones filled with hope of a bright and prosperous future?
I am in awe and truly proud of the way Cape Town has raised the bar in giving Madiba the memorial he deserves - with dancing, singing, Mexican waves, and the mass presence of joyful tears. Here's to Cape Town for giving Nelson Mandela the memorial we, as South Africans, in our hearts, wanted him to be proud of.
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