This article is (sort of) in reply to Markis’s article titled ‘Notice of Resignation from RSA’.
Personally, I thought the article was great for outlining our problems that we have at the moment as a country. South Africa is in quite a bad state and this needs to change urgently so that our country can achieve its full potential. However, leaving the country is simply adding to the problem.
I have not began looking for a job yet and am not too involved in our economy so I cannot say that I fully understand the problems that job seekers face in our country. However, I do know that there are many people in SA that are way worse off than us and we cannot simply leave them without any hope of a good future. As some of the wealthier members of South Africa, it is our responsibility to try to build our country up to where it can be. If you have the money to leave this country, that means you are one of the wealthier members.
As Edmund Burke (supposedly) said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” We cannot just watch as we see politicians abusing power and children not getting the education they need and then run away when the situation gets too bad. We have to stay and fight against the evil that we see in our own country.
As individuals, we cannot fight against all the huge problems that our country faces, but together we can do just that and a lot more. There is a lot more good in this country than evil, but the problem is that most of the good people are not standing up for what they know is right.
One of the ways we can do this is by staying in our country and voting for a new party during elections. I have always felt that democracy works best when half the people vote against the party that wins. This keeps the ruling party on its toes and forces it to deliver promises if it wants to keep ruling. I am not saying that the ruling party should be voted out, but rather that we should put them under pressure to perform or else they will be.
This may be a very hard choice for some who have seen the ANC get South Africa out of Apartheid. However, that ANC is now abusing its power and we need this to change if we want to see our country progress. We need to think of what is best for our future and not what was best for our past.
We live in a great place and it is a place that deserves to reach its potential. We have gone through so much as a country and we cannot just give up and leave now.
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