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Our government has lost the plot

19 October 2012, 21:27

Our government has clearly lost the plot on what the responsibility of government should be.

The once respected and revered movement of our liberation has sadly become slaves of their own self-importance, at the expense of those of our citizens whose only hope for dignity is the Promise of Freedom, a better life.

These "strange breed of leaders" of our once respected liberation movement act as though they are suffering from severe Post Apartheid Stress Disorder, which dictates that they will now take up the positions of the erstwhile oppressors, and even outdo them in their greed for opulence and self-gratification.

These are the visible symptoms of a slave mentality.

Only people with a slave mindset behave in this manner, and find nothing untoward with such behavior.

Rampant corruption and mismanagement of public funds (not government money), lack of service delivery, the recent revelation that government departments spent nearly R5 billion of their budgets on entertainment, catering and travel over the past financial year, non-delivery of text books,  dumping of dearly paid for text books, thus robbing our children of dearly needed education.

Unbelievable, unthinkable stuff happening in our new constitutional democracy, perpetrated by the very people who are supposed to be the custodians of our constitutional democracy and the well being of all our people.

To crown it all, the President of our Country is alleged to be spending in excess of R240 Million on renovations at his Nkandla homestead, most of it allegedly funded with tax payer’s money.  

So if we thought the unbanning of liberation movements and the release of political prisoners in 1990, and our first democratic elections in 1994 brought about the freedom that South Africans sacrificed for, at huge personal cost, we need to think again.

We must not confuse liberation with freedom.

The long road from oppression to freedom calls for a meaningful transformation, an inner paradigm shift from a mindset of slavery to a character of Stewardship.

Stewardship is an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources, on behalf of all the people that it is intended to benefit.

The majority of South Africans have entrusted the ANC with the noble honour and responsibility to govern our Country for the benefit of all its citizens, for the well being of our Country.

As the highest custodian of this honourable mandate from the majority of South Africans, the ANC needs to have a serious look at itself to establish how this very obscene misalignment with its stated intentions for servant leadership, for a better life for all, has derailed and deteriorated to the extent that it has.

Truth is that we have allowed this strange breed of leaders to hijack the noble ideals of this once respected liberation movement, to feather and grow their own nests, at the expense of our people whose only hope for a better life is invested in continuing hoping that their vote for the ANC will materialise in the Promise of Freedom, a better life.

As a nation that has overcome oppression, gained liberation, and were excited about occupying the Promised Land, the land of prosperity, milk and honey, we can be excused, maybe even entitled, to be extremely disappointed that the "leaders" of our liberation are first taking us on a hugely embarrassing and costly detour through the desert, and keeping us there until they satisfy their narcissistic tendencies, being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity.

Most of those of our people without their own means, the ones most dependent on the ANC government's promise of freedom, the ones who are desperately scrounging for a mere existence in our Country of extreme inequality and contrast, the ones who will defend the ANC because they have always believed that the ANC is the only chariot that can swing low, and carry us home, from the oppressive land of apartheid to the promised land of milk and honey.

Sadly, after 18 years of ANC rule, the milk and honey are reserved for the narcissistic few. And we, the entitled citizens of our South African Constitutional Democracy, have relegated ourselves to a hopeless, frustrated impotent citizenry who can only hope that our government will one day catch a wake up and find its moral compass back to the Promise Of Freedom.     

We will never enter the Promised land with the slave mentality of egocentric people. 

You can't put new wine into old skins.

The Burden of Freedom is Responsibility.

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