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Spare the Law and Spoil the Country

05 September 2012, 13:43

In the Northern Cape, adults burned down two schools and have since resolved to withdraw their children from school because they’re demanding a tarred road.  So far all the strikes at the country’s mines are illegal and violent. What is this country coming to?

Since time memorial – education in this country has been made a bargaining tool.  During the struggle for this country’s liberation, education became a bargaining too and thus the infamous slogan – liberation before education.  Post-struggle for freedom, nothing changed to say the list.  South African Democratic Union (SADTU) continues to hold whole communities in the Eastern Cape hostage. Not long ago SADTU Soweto led by Ronald Nyathi embarked on this self-defeating exercise.  In Limpopo the text book debacle is nothing but – education sabotage. ANC internal strife is evident in Limpopo text books debacle – where the quest to attain in power in Mangaung is now affecting the classroom.  Since our Education is politicized in most communities – education shall continue to be a bargaining tool and thus negatively affecting mostly the African child.

But what do you do in a lawless country where principle, discipline and leadership has been sacrificed to attain political expediency which is the key to the country’s wealth?

And now a low intensity civil strife is sweeping the country’s source of income – the mines.  Lawlessness has gripped some of our mines and political vultures have come out of their cocoons and are now thriving and feeding on the carcasses of those who perished in Marikana.  The country’s laws are being disregarded with impunity. Political expediency is threatening organized labour and the economy of the country.  There’s no time Post-1994 when job security has been threatened like in the past 3 weeks.  If any unskilled labour was ever sourced by platinum and gold mines in the past 3 weeks, then it’s sheer luck or desperation because I believe the mining sector is very jittery and presumably under severe strain.

When is lawlessness regarded as such and nothing else to appease the offenders?  When is incitement to make the core of the country’s economy ungovernable, economic sabotage and treason?

Gone are the days of Statesmen and Leaders of OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki calibre.  Today the country decries the misfits, populists, demagogues and tenderpreneurs unleashed Post 2008. We are left with political vultures!

Since we’ve Spared the Law, now the Country is spoiled and slowly but surely, we are becoming a failed State!

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