Rule by fear, the term used to illustrate the manner police states govern their people and the term used to define the ANC’s rule under Jacob Zuma since his grab for power.
The fear associated with Zuma's rule is actually found in an indirect manner, as the government of the day scares people with a past, or the gremlins of uncertainty.
Whites were ruled by fear by the National Party during the 80s, telling them that the dangers involved in tolerating a black governing presence would lead to their deaths, civil war, and another banana republic on the continent.
The black youth of today have only the horror stories of their parents to believe when they consider what it would be like to live in South Africa, 1984. All they know is that it was something brought on by white rule, and therefore whites are never to be allowed in any majority in parliament.
When you look at both these instances, objectively, who could blame anyone for this type of thinking.
From any point of view, there is no way one can discard the scars of apartheid, ever deepening when another white man utters the words “...it’s been 18 years, get over it!”
The Germans are still taking flack because of the holocaust, even though it was close to 70 years ago.
We, as white people of this country, will never be rid of the wrongs of apartheid. Accept it, it’s like that! We can’t expect others to move on, and forget about it as its part of our history.
What is true, is that many whites such as myself, never oppressed people under the previous rule, and any person that shoves the horrors of the past in my face, and expects me to bend over backwards because of it, is just as wrong. I acknowledge that it happened, I know that it still hurts, I know you won’t get over it, and I don’t expect you to.
What I do expect, is for you to see the bigger picture, and realise that by using it against me, this country can’t move forward, and will collapse under its own weight.
The downside is that the ANC needs to remind the nation of apartheid every now and again, to keep the fear going. To justify their being in power and to bastardise any opposition they receive from anyone with a white skin, as that of a BSB enforcer.
Today, we are a divided nation due to one thing, and one thing alone... racial intolerance, due to fear. It would seem that we, as a nation, didn’t learn anything from apartheid.
Without the constant reminder of apartheid, the ANC wouldn’t be able to remain in power for much longer than they have, something that is evident when the amount of service delivery protests, Zuma’s approval rating and the inability to close the income gap between rich and poor is considered.
Ironic then, that the ever feared South African Spring, looming on the horizon is also the product of apartheid... according to the ANC that is.
There was a time the ANC was a beacon of hope in Africa, with non racial policies and the quest for equal opportunities and justice for all, but it seems that their need to deploy ‘cadres’ as payment for service during their struggle years, have hindered any form of long term development in South Africa.
Policy is overriding logic, reminding of the ever present ‘political representatives’ or ‘officers’ deployed by communist regimes, to oversee operations ranging from military action, to foreign government dealings. The crux being the illusion that policy should always be paramount to reason.
Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Affirmative Action (AA) are necessary tools in reconciling races in South Africa. The two concepts have been granted Constitutional protection, and as such had been used to push ‘policy’, over logic in many instances.
South Africa’s famous Sushi king, Kenny Kunene and his business partner, Gayton Mckenzie have criticised BEE for the failure of Aurora Mines, as wasteful spending, and the subsequent pilfering of assets, was the result of elite and cadre’d beneficiaries of BEE. Yes, some would say Mr. Kunene isn’t the best person to quote on issues like these, however, considering the Aurora debacle, could anyone contradict him?
The point is, the ANC in its current form, is a movement hijacked by “corrupt thugs”, as stated by Cleapatra Hani, daughter of Chris Hani. The same can be said when Frank Chikane’s comments on the topic are considered.
The only means the current leadership can maintain their run, is by breaking down, what their predecessors attempted to construct... reconciliation, whilst maintaining progress.
It is quite noteworthy that the ANC have always had their criticism post 1994, yet there seems to have been an intensifying antagonism that developed since Jacob Zuma’s coup de etat on the ruling party.
The reason? Zuma is just what we all expected him to be; the leader who has shown the ability to destroy South Africa through incompetence and corruption.
The fact remains, the illusion needs to be punted that the ANC are still liberating their people from the beneficiaries of the previous regime, and for as long as that continues, they are still ‘fighting apartheid’.
Few people realise that the struggle is over, and that their personal, and financial success is in their hands. Houses and jobs don’t fall from the sky, farms don’t keep cultivating themselves, and whites aren’t responsible for the lack of toilet facilities in townships, yet, so few people realise this.
The fact that Julius Malema is as popular as he is, is indicative of the opinion held by his supporters; that whites are, to this day, to blame for their income predicament.
However, had BEE programs been implemented correctly, all the poverty stricken people in this country, would have had the hope of a better life, and future. The fear thus continues, just as the rape of BEE by certain ANC members carries on, under the guise of ‘an ongoing liberation’ against an imperialistic enemy.
Fear then... it governs almost as well as ignorance. The enemy, is neither me nor my kind my dear ANC supporter, the enemy is within your leaders... posing as your friend.