Mr Phosa I agree with you, a time has come for us as a country to stop blaming apartheid. Apartheid ‘died’ 20 years ago when a democratic South Africa was born and for 20 years we had an opportunity to free ourselves from its bonds and build ourselves a better tomorrow. We can’t deny the fact that in our efforts to build a better South Africa we still encounter individuals and groups who are still trapped in the past and their main purpose is to derail our plan to build a better country that provides for all its citizens. Those are just a minority and their efforts won’t deter the spirit of the level headed masses within our country who have a clear vision of a working South Africa and a South Africa that competes with the best in the world.
Within this country we have great, determined individuals who wake up in the morning and their scent when they walk around tells one that a better South Africa is possible. These are all the people who every election year, go to the polling stations to cast their votes for their party of choice, because they believe in our democracy. Those are the masses who work our lands to produce food and minerals to feed the nation. People, who have never given up on Nelson Mandela’s dream of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.
South Africa today is not the South Africa that we thought of 20 years ago. We all had big dreams; we all had visions and aspirations but unfortunately we are at a point where we have to watch all those evaporate into the asphyxiating atmosphere. Today, the South Africa I am living in is completely different from the one I thought of 20 years ago and I am not the only one who share this view, for an example Ms Ramphele made a statement that our Education today is worse than it was 20 years ago. Our students are unable to compete with those from other countries because our education system is not up to standard.
Now Mr Phosa if I may ask, if we stop blaming apartheid, who do we blame then? Not that we have to play the blame game but someone must be held accountable for our situation. We have to be able to identify the cause of this situation that we find ourselves trapped in, so that we can be able to rid ourselves of the obstacle and move forward as a country.
Mr Phosa, although I have mentioned that we do not have to play the blame game I will have to say for this one we have to blame it on the ANC. The ANC has been in power for 20 years and we have to acknowledge that it has done a lot in short period of time but these achievements are however clouded by matters that keep on halting our progress.
The Jabob Zuma’s ANC is only hell-bent on serving the needs of one man and one man only, the country’s President. The president has access to presidential residences in Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town, yet he chose to renovate his private residence in Nkandla for more than R200 million when his immediate neighbor lives in a mud hut and nobody in the ANC sees nothing wrong with that. The area around Nkandla has got developments going on at the speed that is only on par to those of developed countries or United Arab Emirates. Nowhere in Africa is the development of a village going at this pace. A new town is on the cards and a construction of roads worth more than R500 million was announced recently. The public has demanded access to information regarding the renovations at Nkandla but the “good” minister of Public Works is not willing to release that. The president shall be protected but the poor voter shall remain hungry.
In July it was reported that The SA Air Force's two helicopter squadrons on the coast have received no funding this year for sea and mountain rescue operations, but have received funding for VIP flights. The report stated that 15 Squadron based in Durban received a small amount of flight hours for training, but 300 flight hours for VIP flights. This apparently to transport the president to his Nkandla home over weekends. Does the president’s travel take precedence over the country’s security?
Several ministers waste a lot of tax-payers money and all they get is a demotion to being a member of parliament and still get a monthly salary and the poor man on the street continues suffering. Money is wasted on expensive hotels, food and expensive car rentals and the ANC is not doing anything about it. A recent example is the Northern Cape premier who spent more than R50 000 on fast foods during her first 10 weeks in office, and she didn’t see anything wrong with it. The premier was quoted as saying “how would we have eaten if we didn't use taxpayers' money?”
20 years into democracy we still have mud schools and a shortage of classrooms and teachers, but we are able to spend millions on used-to be American superstars to perform at our events when we have world class performers. We have performers who can deliver more than those Americans who have reached their sell-by dates and charge us ridiculous amounts of money, but we have to make the minister’s high school dream of meeting Brandy a reality at the expense of an African child’s education.
The country’s labor force from both the private and public sectors are always engaging in strikes demanding better wages. A move that is seen as tarnishing the image of the country, and doesn’t boost investor confidence. While the masses cry for better wages, people in higher offices just get increases without uttering any word. A good example is the Auditor General.
20 years into democracy there is still migration of people from rural areas to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, where they search for gold and end up being vagrants and the fortunate few backyard dwellers who have jobs as petrol attendants, cashiers or gardeners. Our country is rich but less attention is placed on creating jobs for the people in rural areas or those staying far from big cities. There is little that is done for the rural areas and as long as this situation prevails people will move to big cities.
The minister of health has recently announced his plans to scrape all alcohol advertising. This is a good idea as it will help build a country that doesn’t suffer from alcohol abuse. What the minister fails to understand is what makes people drink. I recently drove past a rural area in the Eastern Cape, a place where there is nothing, absolutely nothing. People have no entertainment, no jobs or anything that can keep them busy and their sole source of entertainment is at the local shebeen.
A ban in alcohol advertising means nothing to those people because alcohol is their way of life. They do not need to see a model in a skimpy bikini on TV to make them drink, alcohol is their life. South Africa is highly rural and unless rural areas are developed we will still have children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
The ANC doesn’t listen, people have made it clear that they do not want e-tolls and the president went on to sign the bill into law. This is one of the many things that the ANC has been forcing unto the public.
A good government Mr phosa, is one that makes policies beneficial to all, instead of just a few already rich elite. A government that works to protect its citizens by promoting safer and healthier workplaces, a living wage, and accountability from CEOs who pocket fat annual bonuses. A government that is open to scrutiny and expects its actions to be monitored by its citizens. Does the ANC do that? NO!
Mr Phosa I do agree time has come for us to blame the ANC. It’s been 20 long years.
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