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Quality or quantity?

12 March 2014, 06:00

QUALITY OR QUANTITY?

Yes, it is true that some old parties are boastful of large numbers of followers on their books.

Amongst them are very, very old ladies and my great grand-mother is one of them. She can’t listen to me, even if I put down a good and moving idea but every time she tells me that I’m a small boy, her progeny and she is not prepared to listen to my small ideas, telling me that I’m the one who should  be listening to her.

It goes like that all the time, maybe it’s that you can’t teach old dog new tricks. My great grandma has a very old and dilapidated wardrobe. It has big holes through which you are able to see all of its contents from a distance.

One day I decided to buy her a new one aiming to also give her room a facelift and upon its delivery, she screamed and rejected it. I later sat beside her trying to understand why.

This is what I leaned from her rejection; “it is not because I don’t like it or I don’t realise what you have done for me grandson, but I would like to keep mine which is in it a custodian of my life history and every time I take a look at it, I get a reflection of the past, in other words it regurgitates important past epochs and the related history back to me. I know it is old but it’s part and parcel of my life, Amen”. I was disappointed but so what?

I one day realised that what people do, sometimes is not a true representative of what they want see but people are afraid of change. It is an element of fear deep inside them.

Granny is pretty old and when you mention to her of Hellen Zille, Mamphele Ramphele, Julius Malema etc. she swears at you even if she can’t elaborate on that. That is why whenever these old parties for the old people call an election campaign, they bring food, free t-shirts and the old people would be ululating, dancing and praising their names because they don’t focus on the future.

The food will soon end up in the loo, the food donors will be gone and you are left with colour fading T-shirts with bold letters and big non talking faces, these people you can’t see, touch or talk to anymore but they will be gone with your votes till another campaign. The oldies don’t know the real problems of their country.

If you don’t get work, they tell you that you are lazy because ANC told them that they’ll make jobs available and that is it. So this tells us that the old parties are immensely scoring out of the old people and which are our future dead, soon to be buried. It’s true that the future does not belong to them, so if we are to follow them, we’ll be lost and they’ll be gone tomorrow and we’ll inherit what…?  They definitely aren’t and won’t be role players tomorrow.

Youth must put themselves first in matters that concern them the most. The future of the country lies in their hands, the presidency of tomorrow must come out of them. We are being misled by the unnecessary impute of the geriatrics who’ll be the past tomorrow. They must please respect the youth who never interfered in their failures.

By: Modiba Kadi

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