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It is okay to be Black and a non-believer

04 April 2014, 07:15

Not long ago someone commented that my recent open letter to President Zuma read like a DA press release.  My response was – It is not only the DA that has common sense.

Now that the tyranny of the corrupt ruling elite class have anointed themselves a gods, and Blacks who dare criticize or question their insatiable and unconscionable looting are accused of being possessed by the devil. The anti-God!

The total onslaught on Adv. Thuli Madonsela person reminds me of Martin Niemoller who wrote and I quote:  “First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist.  Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew.  Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me”.

The tyranny of the corrupt ruling elite class would have appreciated a devoted Protector, only considerate to their insatiable appetite, and not a literal Public Protector. And when tyranny came after the Public Protector, how many of us Blacks spoke out? Or were we afraid the tyranny of the corrupt elite will profile us as being DA sympathizers or worse still, members of the party? Or worst – little devils!

The prevalent tendencies in our political theatre reminded me of what transpired in the 3 popular soapies – Rhythm City, Generation and Muvhango on primetime TV. 

On Rhythm City a father advised his son to do the “right” thing, and untangle himself from the mob psychology.  While on Generations the father discourages his son from doing the “right” because it will taint the family name.  And on Muvhango, the Mayor’s wife defies her husband and fraudulently earns herself a tender and she fails to deliver.

Principles and morals came into question on all 3 soapies, a mirror to our social, economic and political theatre.

Had most Whites between 1948 – 1994 vehemently spoken against apartheid, the crime against humanity would never have lasted for 46 years. Remember the phrase – Silence means consent.

Blacks have been subjected to a two tier tyranny and that is apartheid and now institutionalized corruption of the ruling elite, and all done in the name of some god.

“At some state one can foresee a situation where Black people will feel they have nothing to live for and will shout unto their God ‘Thy will be done.’  Indeed His will shall be done but it shall not appeal equally to all mortals for indeed we have a different version of His will.  To this date Black people find no message for them in the Bible simply because our ministers are still too busy with moral trivialities” – Steve Biko.  

Today we have so-called bishops going around morally profiling Adv. Thuli Madonsela. That is a travesty of the fight against institutionalized corruption.

When the tyranny of the corrupt elite class came for the office of the Public Protector, where was the RSA Human Rights Commission another Chapter 9 institution?

Human Rights are indivisible and interdependent, and the consequences of corruption governance are multiple and touch on human rights i.e. civil, political economic, social and cultural, as well as the right to development” – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

In Zimbabwe Blacks who speak against institutionalized corruption and the abuse of human rights are profiled as British agents.

In South Africa, Blacks who in their professional duty rule adversely against the tyranny of institutionalized corruption are labeled agents of the DA.

Blacks in civil society like Bishop Tutu and the late Pro. Kadar Asmal who dared condemn the systematic looting in government was never spared the wrath and vulgar ostentations which have become a norm in our political theatre since 2006. Already efforts are afoot to ostracize Trevor Manual for decrying the evil of the God.  Pallor Jordan will also suffer the consequences of his disloyalty.

It is now becoming a tendency for some black folk to be apologetic first before criticizing  institutionalized corruption and its Number 1 god. Utterances like - Please don't regard me as a member of the DA, but the corruption is sweeping this country. Such is becoming common on talk radio shows.

In South Africa we are still fortunate to have institutions like the Public Protector who against adversity will still call a spade a spade. And a swimming pool stays that, and not some fire pool.

But the tyranny of the ruling elite class is coming for such institutions. First, it was the Scorpions. Second, the asset forfeiture unit is incapacitated. Third,  was the promulgation of the Secrecy Bill and Access to Information Act. Fourth, since 2009 the independence of the Judiciary is coming into question. Fifth,  the media ombudsman. Sixth,  government now in the tendency of investigating itself. No more commissions of inquiry or Chapter 9 institutions unless of course civil society defies the odds.

When Ministers dependent on their master for patronage are called upon to investigate their master, the results are a foregone conclusion.

I am always reminded Nigeria a country which I truly believe would be the Dubai of Africa, but only if it had viable and functioning institutions to fight institutionalized corruption. Probably Ken Saro-Wiwa might be alive today.

Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga - His tyranny survived for 32 years because for many Zairians he was a god. The so-called national anthem of Zaire then was composed to shower Mobutu with praises reserved for the gods.

Now South Africa has its own cult personality, a mortal god! This god is at the helm of the tyranny of the corrupt ruling elite class.

The evil of the tyranny of the corrupt ruling elite class is unconscionable. But there are enough decent blacks in the Republic who are vehemently against hero worshiping a tyranny and cult personality. God willing, the devil is unquestionably with the ruling corrupt elite class.

I like the Nigerian phrase – A fly that refuses to listen to reason, shall follow the corpse into the grave. 

Racial nationalism cannot force most to wait for the next coming of Jesus to stop the greed of the unconscionable  gods. The tyranny of institutionalized corruption is a violation of Human Rights, but we are still to hear from our Human Rights commission. 

Shame the gods and become a non-believer!

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