The person living in exile often has the advantage of distance and the romanticism associated with being the fallen angel.
It is within this context that he perceives and expresses what happens in the homeland. Call it being objective or emotionally detached. On the other hand, it is a perception that is subject to emotional longing after the forced separation.
Post-1994, South Africa promised the realisation of a “dream” for all previously disenfranchised persons. But it was not to be!
As the ANC extended their tentacles from Government into all spheres of South African life, a bloated cadre driven workforce-in-overdrive laid waste to the economy, creating incalculable human suffering to the lives of the masses, in their blind quest to secure access to all the resources feeding an insatiable Dream called the “ANC Cadre Dream”.
Enough has been written and said about that dream and the mess South Africa finds itself in. Look no further than the current strikes on the mines.
Is there an alternative to the ‘ANC Cadre Dream’?
Sadly the Opposition parties are not the answer, unless they unite and pool their resources as suggested by Helen Zillie, which in itself may be a political ploy. It simply will not happen. It’s the nature of politics that every party hangs onto its own turf, regardless of the costs.
Come December, Zuma will receive his mandate from the ANC Cadres and South Africans will remain under his stewardship for another term and the slippery slope that South Africans are on will steepen and become even slipperier.
COPE held some promise, but egos and leadership bickering sent that hope into oblivion. The DA is perceived as being a ‘white party’ with ‘black faces’ thrown in for good measure which will not sail with the masses. The rest of the opposition has paled into insignificance.
Are we the disgruntled South Africans stuck in a quagmire of defeatism or have we become prisoners of a constitutional democracy whereby the majority, as Zuma categorically stated, can ride roughshod over the rest with the minority paralysed into a state of whining?
Some have left the shores for greener pastures, some have been exiled against their will and most have remained to whine in vain.
It’s time for a new leadership - blessed with a moral and ethical backbone to address the needs of the masses - leading us back to the realization of that dream articulated in 1994 and one that sprang forth with our hard fought and won Freedom!
“I know how men in exile feed on dreams”. AESCHYLUS.
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