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South Africa Will Fail UNLESS...

23 November 2012, 12:54

I’m not usually one to poke my nose in where it doesn’t belong, but you don’t need to be no rocket scientist to see the trouble on the horizon for this country.

Allow me to take a leaf out of the US of A (as my ‘friend’ Zion would say).  We’ve fought through civil wars and have walked a long road to get to the placed we’re at now - TRUE first-world democracy, not this African-flavored version.

In the States, we have two, equally strong, political parties.  The balance of power shifts between the two every second or third election.  We, the people, decide who will govern our great nation.  We remind our leaders that it’s us, the people, who they should be serving and if they mess up in office, we vote them out.  Simple.

Here in your country it’s a case of things reversed.  The tail (handful of government officials) wags the whole dog (the entire country’s population).  Maybe it’s just an African thing, but it makes no sense to me.  How’s this approach working for you guys?

So, the way I see it, three things need to give:

1. All these political parties need to merge to form one strong opposition to challenge the status quo.  It’s crazy to keep diluting the vote every election where the big dog stays in charge, but does nothing for the people, while the smaller parties keep grabbing much-needed voting numbers but to no good cause.  We have Republicans and them thorn-in-the-side Democrats.  Two, hear me?  TWO parties.  That’s it!

2. While you are trying to fix your problems for all people in the country, you need to tighten up your borders and fix your own people first.  Charity starts at home.  I have learned that your country’s population is probably about a third more than it should be because of illegal immigrants who are taking your jobs and using up the fund in your economy.  I understand the need to cut costs and for shipping in cheap labor from India and China, but it’s going to hurt your guys in the long run.

3. You need to stop being all African.  Now I know our pop-culture has had a massive impact on you people, but there’s still this tendency to hang onto old traditions and goat skins.  It’s time you stopped trying to fix Africa using African methods (which clearly don’t work), and rather learn from the mistakes of others and follow examples where democracy has worked time and time again.  Think ‘West’.  Think ‘first-world’.  The day South Africa starts taking the good advice from the States and Europe, is the day you’ll begin your journey into world acceptance.  Doing things ‘African-style’, is just NOT working for you guys.

So, from where I’m standing, unless you’d like to end up broke and the laughing stock of the rest of the world, I suggest you take some neighborly advice and get cracking.

Why reinvent the wheel to good governance when you can so easily follow the working American model?

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