For years people regarded South Africa as a rainbow nation, but recently racial and gender exclusion seems to be at its peak. Let's take the Central African Republic (CAR) massacre as a case study.
Now, most people in the government are the advocates of gender equality. It is interesting to note that gender equality is only applied when breaking other people’s families and creating anarchy in a society.
The point one is conveying is that, what was the role women in the CAR incident and what was the criteria used to select the combatants for the CAR assignment. Gender equality should be applied anywhere at any time.
Thus, it is unfair to incorporate women in the society only when it favours them, and exclude them when the conditions are not conducive. Gender equality means equal participation in any event, therefore, one is perplexed with the way males are marginalized by the government. If that’s the way forward then gender equality must condemned because women can’t go to war, as a result, man and woman will never be equal especially when basing on the social classes of Karl Marx.
The other issue that proves the mythology of the so called “Rainbow” nation is the issue of racial representation in CAR. All the Combatants who were commissioned to the CAR are basically “black”; if South Africa is such a rainbow nation as acclaimed then why were there no other racial groups?
I forgot maybe the military per se is racially discriminative or maybe their military is constituted by one racial group, it is only the issue of supposition. This brings one to the notion that the supposed rainbow nation is a myth.
Thirdly, the incident of CAR leave us with more questions than answers, how do we trust our military from this incident forth, last time it was alleged on the (IoL news) that some of South African combatants are Christians and they go to church. It is the issue of work ethics in military…the Bible in its 10 commandments says that “do not kill” so if combatants are church goers it mean our security is not certain. Especially when considering the notion that they could not defend themselves in CAR…..as South Africans we find ourselves caught between a rock and a hard place... above all it looks like the rainbow has disappeared only the imagination is present. By Ngwenya Witness
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