Even the second-hand experience of seeing and hearing President Jacob Zuma being booed brought a smile the width of a football field to what is usually my scrunched face. The people have spoken!
The antics of the ANC along with its front man and the current President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, have clearly upset those beyond the reaches of the media and the internet. To see so many people who have not the luxury of daily wading through article after article of damning, crucifying revelations of corruption and ineptitude in the government is plainly a sign that the winds of change are howling throughout South Africa.
I must congratulate President Jacob Zuma for his impervious countenance (that takes some nerve) in front of the heckling crowd—a gathering large and diverse enough to represent the sentiment in the nation at large. It seems that the ‘African way,’ where leaders usurp the fortunes of the nation, leaving a trickle to flow to their electorate, is freefalling out of fashion with the common man. It seems that the colonial ‘toxin’ of modernity is finally pumping freely through the bloodstream of the nation.
These recent developments merely reaffirm what I have felt for a long time: The media with its main weapon, white opinion, is completely useless at helping the majority of South Africans wake up and smell the hanging smog of corruption. As much satisfaction as the average white troll gets from disgorging racist, solipsistic insults and complaints on every news site in the Republic, it has not done one ounce as much damage to the ANC and its popularity as the ANC and its figurehead have systematically done to themselves—proof that clowns will make a mockery of themselves without the help of any external influence.
The inevitability of the E-tolls aside (if first-world infrastructure is still the long-term goal), what we see in South Africa now is exactly what happens when primitive greed is given access to advanced electronics. The ANC, in partnership with SANRAL, spearheaded (no, I don’t intend the cliché pun) by President Zuma’s alleged cleptomaniacal tendencies around the state’s tax coffers have done what two decade’s worth of white arm-folding and endless complaining from the dark corners of the internet could not. It then makes sense that the fog of white dissent is merely serving to obscure the spectacle unfolding at the center of it all.
If you, white South Africa, want to help progress along in South Africa, embrace silence and let the final act of the political show commence.
I almost wish I were at ground zero. If opportunity permits, I will definitely fly in to South Africa next year to cast my vote. I will be voting ANC to prolong the paklsae South Africans suffer under the ANC. And I’d do so in the hope of driving home the lesson that you should NEVER cast your vote in accordance to tradition and racial allegiance (and that goes for all South Africans, regardless of their pigmental condition).
It’s time for African tribalism and colonial cloistering to end. If this can be done, then we will live to see great things in South Africa!
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