Dear Mr. President and the ANC Government
I’m not old enough to know much about apartheid – in fact everything I know is hearsay – but I’m still going to say what is in my democratic right to say.
My generation – late 20’s and early 30’s members of society now have to take responsibility (and pay, through our taxes) for the votes of our ignorant parents and their peers (apologies to my elders, but you were thinking with your hearts – which is never a good thing unless you’ve met your soul mate).
Years later you still have the cheek to blame apartheid for the violent state of our country. Let me break a few things down which the ANC had more than enough time to change – but due to yours and many black and coloured South Africans (I’m coloured – sometimes 51% black and sometimes 51% white – depends on what I need – advantage or disadvantage depends on the situation) inability to learn, serve and get out of the victim mind set - we still stuck at the beginning:
1. State of education – you could’ve trained the many unemployed, some drunk and ambitionless community members to be teachers assistance to overcrowded, under resourced schools of the many kids they can’t seem to stop having despite poverty. They could do things like supervision of kids during break time – preventing them from stabbing and raping each other, as well as some minor tasks within the classroom. They would eventually learn some skills and perhaps have, after at least 2 years of this gone onto the next phase of on the job training – experiential learning it’s called. Two birds one stone (for the slow – it would’ve been job creation as well)
2. State of hospitals – forget the NHI, stop buying luxury vehicles and building fancy houses for your “corrupt comrades”. Private healthcare is that exactly and if you really understood economics you’d know from the word go this model was created to cater for the rich and famous – they always think they special – but it’s really about the moolla – now you want to blame private hospital groups for your inability to know how to use money. Again, if the poor didn’t pop so many kids the system wouldn’t be so under resourced. Now again here’s an opportunity for the ‘unemployed’ to make themselves useful – nursing was established through voluntary service – in our case we could train them to be care workers, CPR and BLS and place them in the wards to care for the patient’s basic needs – like washing, walking, counselling, family care, etc while the trained nurses care for the critically ill and assist Dr’s
3. Housing problem – the only time I’m in favour of free housing is for those old enough to have been affected by the actual apartheid system and are not, like myself, the off spring of that generation – so provide housing to the elderly – the rest can get a job, start a business or just stay at home with their parents until they can do the aforementioned. Perhaps if we relook the payment of state employees – who really do not deliver any service(Still waiting on City of Johannesburg to respond to my email queries regarding our bills), we could employ 2 people per 1 position and half the salary (State Only) creating more jobs and perhaps improving service delivery – more job creation
4. Violence – is an international problem and has been around since Cain and Abel – we need to address the general issues of families in our country and the world before we will succeed in this. Community members should stop looking the away when a man hits a woman. Any one should be able to report this, not necessarily only the victim. Men and boys should be allowed to cry and not suppress their sorrow, we are emotional beings. Children learn what they see and not what they are told. We all have a responsibility to each other’s well-being, but it’s also our human nature to be self-centred. Our social services is also overburdened – again soft skills development training and axillary social workers to address minor issues and provide family training, while the fully trained deal with the hard-core issues like rape, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse.
The Government does have a huge responsibility toward not only this nation but also the world. The image you’re reflecting is one of self-enrichment, abuse of power and resources. The ANC has failed its people and still brain wash them into continue voting for you. You know nothing about the spirit of “Ubuntu”. How can you build an estate of R200mil and your people and their children still go to bed without food, die waiting for healthcare, have the same or worse standard of education compared to apartheid and sleep in shacks? You choose the many wives and we have to ‘fund’ it, I personally object to this. It should be law that the state will only fund for 1 wife and up to 4 dependant kids – any president who deviates from this standard is liable for the additional funding himself – we’re paying your salary after all – In fact no man with more than 1 wife should be allowed to even run for president. You are not a fit example for our already lost men, who have no problem quoting “if the president can, why can’t I”
So Jacob Zuma, next time you and any of your cadres address the nation, please ensure your speech is an educated one – perhaps you should fire your advisors. If it were up to me and many others – we’d fire you and the entire ANC Government!!
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