South Africa's natural beauty, its landscape is overwhelming to the best part of 90% of civilised society that has made the journey to our country as just passing through travellers, and yet so is the country's horrors for those that stay behind and live in the daily grips of the country's realities.
Julius Malema,a man who has never been known for apologizing or for being humble,is the obvious standout if you want to gripe about our nations horrors per se.Recently he came out saying that he is sorry if the carrying out of his "revolutionary mandate" had offended the people in South Africa. He also wants the people of South Africa to treat him in the same way and manner that they had treated Nelson Mandela.
You got love cross-dresser comedian,Evita Bezuidenhout's, reply to all this: "What a great idea,[Julias]. Let's start with 27 years in jail..."
So if you cross reference Malema's contrite display of "humility" with his insistence uttered just a few years ago about how he would "kill for Zuma" if necessary,then the two acts in real life don't add up to me. It's too far-fetched to think that a man that said one minute he was going to take his appeal against his expulsion from the ANC all the way to the ANC Conference,which is to be held in December, and then the next minute displays "remorse" over the very same actions. It just don't add up does it. Not even the hardest serial killers make such quick,almost a complete moral turn around.From a research point of view for extremism, Malema is one of South Africa's most prized assets. A pure evil of the highest order.
By saying he is sorry what was trying to accomplish?Was he trying to shift the goalposts away from the police investigations into his business dealings,where he is accused of using his former political position as Youth Leader president so as to influence the awarding of certain government tenders to his cronies? One would never really know the full answer as to why the psychopath with multiple personality disorder did what he did or what goes on in that overweight head of his that's so badly about to explode now do we?
South Africa's legal dissolution of Apartheid has not eradicated its problems however. Far from it. A searing look at unemployment levels and inequality rates just highlights even more the extremities in different lifestyles. A country that is littered with new airports, shopping malls,modern world cup stadiums at one end of the spectrum and the raw, open sewers with corrugated, filthy shack townships at the opposite end of the spectrum,then we can appreciate how complicated and uncompromised South Africa truly is.
Entire neighbourhoods that's built like fortresses with people's houses having huge walls around their massive gardens, razor wire fencing, panic buttons, metal window shields,security & burglar proofing bars and other security devices that limits your movement even within your own house. All because the definite security threat of home invasions by thugs and the subsequent violence by rapist and killers that follows it.
To put South Africa in perspective,in London and New York where I've lived,you can still buzz a pizza delivery guy or girl into your building,but in South Africa you get warned frequently to never open your gates for pizza delivery because the person delivering your pizza will slide the food through a specific opening specifically made for it in the gate. These are just standard procedure in wealthy neighbourhoods.
German writer,pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath,Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said:"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free".Are South Africans free 18 years since Democracy Rule entered our country?
The UN rates South Africa along with Brazil as the most unequal societies in the modern world. South Africa's poverty coexists alongside its inequality. The ANC's goal of transforming the ownership and composition of South Africa's economy to reflect the country’s demographics more accurately has thus far worsen the situation. Winning 62.7% of the votes,since 1994,the ANC have failed to combat poverty in South Africa and reducing inequality. The World Bank Global Poverty Monitor says its still waiting for South Africa's poor people to become less poor or to rise in equality.
Dan Sebabi, leader of Limpopo’s branch of Cosatu,says:"You have leaders in the ANC who are politicians by day and businessmen by night".
Gilbert Kganyago,the leader of Limpopo’s branch of the South African Communist Party,wrote:"We thought that South Africa could be different from the rest of the countries that came before us on the African continent. But at the rate that things are happening, we have actually caught up to the African scenario quite more quickly than we might have thought."
The mysteries and narratives of everyday life in South Africa is that the rulers,past and present have made the country far too complicated to be understood. By always still referring to "our people"(or black people) or the plight of the particular skin colour and race,like the Afrikaners in power did before them,South Africa it seems are unable to master any real and relentless optimism about all its own people and country,regardless of what race,creed or colour skin they have. Whether or not we would be able to do so in the future is a question that will take time to resolve.
1.The World Bank Global Poverty Monitor.
2.Candace Fertile,The Edmonton Journal.
3.No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer.
4.The Guardian Newspaper.