As we prepare to say our final 'Good byes' to Madiba ( UMadiba Omde, Dalibunga), I cannot help but notice that the Eastern Cape remains so poor and a hot-bed of corruption and conspicuous consumption by those in power there.
What is worse, is the fact that the people of Qunu are not even getting a chance to say 'Good Bye' to their most famous son. The son that they gave to South Africa and who has served the world so much. It is a kick in their teeth. The ANC seems to be using every opportunity with a Madiba stamp to try and work up 'nostalgia' for 2014 elections. It would have been a kind gesture to the 'neighbours' and true to our African culture to let them have their final 'hooray' to Madiba.
As we do the grand send-off to Madiba, I am hoping that the Eastern Cape will be taking stock and try to find out why it has failed so dismally to leverage on their ability to give South Africa so many leaders, but fail to flourish on the back of that. The Esatern Cape has given us two Presidents ( in the Democratic RSA)!. The Eastern Cape has given us so many leaders and geniuses: First Black CA - Wiseman Nkuhlu, First Democratic President- Madiba, The Auditor-General : Nombembe, and Ministers. It has given us religious leaders, sporting legends and leaders ( Ncita, Bhungu, Ndungane brothers, Jobodwana, etc).
The Eastern Cape remains in the periphery of the Democratic South Africa, though. With all able-bodied men and women leaving in droves to the Western Cape, Gauteng and the mines of North-West. Seeking greener pastures and opportunities.
Question is: Why is the home province of so many shining stars failing to attract the right investments in Business, Manpower, Skills development and indeed raise the inhabitants' life expectancy? With all the brains trust ( the shining heroes and heroines) that has helped shape South Africa and the World, what is missing? The same people that organised opposition against Apartheid cannot rally troops and resources to develop the Eastern Cape?
My greatest hope is that with the passing on of Eastern Cape's most revered, admired and famous son, the Eastern Cape leaders will take stock and try keep Madiba's fight going. His fight is: It's in your hands to make the Eastern Cape a better place for its people ( and by extension South Africa).
Robala ka khotso Madiba. Lala ngoXolo Tata. Go well Madiba. Your day is DONE......You have been a colossus that strode the world and made it a better place. We much poorer without you.
HAMBA KAHLE DALIBUNGA, MADIBA, DALIWONGA.
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