Revolt is the right and duty of the people to overthrow their government, when common interests are not upheld.
History has shown that the will of the people will always survive oppression, hence the appearance of democracy to mitigate such a drastic step.
The Arab spring is proof of this, as one Middle Eastern Government after the other was put to the sword.
All it needed was a lit match in the form of Libya to spread the wildfire through Egypt, Bahrain and Syria, and putting in motion the inevitable demise of leaders and governments who cling to power for their own interests.
Many people have attempted to draw commonalities between South Africa and the Middle East, in terms of the potential for a mass revolt, as many of the deciding factors for such a drastic move exists in both regions.
Factors like the income gap between rich and poor, the ability of government to serve all people and the general competency level of the ruling party are citations in favour of an uprising in sunny old S.A.
However, the political freedom of people to elect their government is the sole and sound argument against such an occurrence.
One has to remember that revolution is associated with political oppression, which includes basic freedoms such as freedom of speech and freedom of association.
I fail to recollect any revolutions in a democratic society in history, simply because elections supply the means to oust the current. It does however seem that the average South African has no clue as to the concept of democracy.
People would rather destroy public property in protests, burn down schools, and kill policemen in unprotected strikes than use their voice where it really matters... at a ballot box.
Yes, I know the argument most use is that people won’t vote against the ANC due to their liberation credentials, and that the next best thing is viewed as a superficial National Party. These arguments, although true, is getting a little old.
It’s been a while since the ANC had to battle for support from its own people as this was a foregone conclusion for the past 100 years. However, with the incitement of the miners by Julius Malema, it seems the Marikana incident conveniently aligned itself with para-Youth League strategies.
As most people would know, the calls for the nationalisation of mines came from none other than Malema, and his views are now earnestly followed by the Youth League, as well as Malema’s soapbox stage, the Friends of the Youth League.
Couple this with the need for Malema to garner support, and voila [!] you have disgruntled miners chanting your name at the expense of the current government.
Malema’s past support base consisted of young, uneducated and unemployed people who neither had the will to work, nor had any real influence on the country’s economy. I mean, who really cares for a couple of hundred supporters somewhere in Limpopo, demanding the re-instatement of a fascist youth leader?
However, when you manage to garner the support of the heartbeat of the South African economy, things have the capacity to change.
South Africa is fortunate enough to be the single largest producer of two of the world’s most valuable commodities; platinum and diamonds. Toss in the fact that we are one of the largest contributors to the other valuable, gold, and it becomes plain to see that we are where we are, because of mining.
The South African mining industry has the capacity to buy out the government several times, and is the only reason we are the largest economy in Africa today.
Malema’s crusade had become the development of the ability to keep the mining houses hostage, for his own political gain, and if anyone thought his bold and sweeping statements had cost the country in international opinion in the past, then you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The plan is simple, make the mines ungovernable, push down their share prices, possibly enforce government bailout plans, witness a host of takeovers from other mining houses on terms dictated by government, and you emerge as the hero of the people when all is destroyed. Silly plan then, but unfortunately logic is not something you would associate with the players in this game.
Malema is simply the product of an ANC who has no pride in the country it governs, nor respect for its own policies and people. As many would note, you simply need to watch the deeds of children to determine what type of people the parents are.
It is this will to sacrifice the entire country for own gain, that started with Jacob Zuma, and continues with Malema. Marikana gave the smoking gun Malema needed, and his recent appearances at other mines is evident of his new strategy. The problem arises with the fact that the government splashes around haplessly, like a four year old at a swimming lesson.
Whether Malema will be successful remains to be seen, but you can bet whichever way it goes, the economy will come off second best.
He may not have started the platinum revolution set to spread to other mines, but he will ensure it creates as much destruction as possible for him to emerge as a Messiah.
The ANC already think they are God...
I suppose that makes it glaringly obvious who Malema thinks he is...
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