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Sad about Madiba?

11 June 2013, 18:52

Are South Africans really sad about Madiba passing away or are they scared about the dying of their dreams?

Madiba helped millions of South Africans believe that their country could become a rainbow nation, that it could be a home to equal people, an ideal for mutual respect among cultures and a land of opportunity.

But with the imminent death of Nelson Mandela, South Africans must face a harsh reality. The dreams are dying with Madiba.

Equality will not happen, because even if a handful of Malema-types do manage to “nationalise” mines, we have all already seen that Malema was not distributing any money when he had it, but rather trying to keep it out of the fiscus, hiding it from SARS, and thereby keeping even the taxation portion of it out of the public purse.

In a world of brutal irony, the people for whom Madiba and others sacrificed so much are the same people who killed his dream – South African blacks. Surely, at this point, some black writers will eagerly point out that this is not true, and no doubt, many readers look forward to a rationed argument in support of their position.

The support for my position is simple. The country has been governed by black South Africans since hope and dreams lived strongly 20 years ago, but they are largely dead now.

So let’s all face an unpleasant truth: we will all mourn the passing of a great statesmen who inspired confidence and boundless possibilities in a nation, but the loss in real terms is that the symbol of a country’s hope will die with him.

Some weeks ago, I wrote of my support for dignity in death  and must sincerely express my hope that Madiba will in due course be allowed that dignity. We all know that our dreams are dying, slaughtered daily in the ill-disguised savagery of parliament, but let's all extend some humanity where it is due... and then ponder the true significance his passing will signify.

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