This country needs a new revolution like yesterday, as in never before. People need to take to the streets in their millions to proclaim enough is enough. Enough about corruption, lack of housing, sanitation, water and recreational facilities. Definitely, enough about crime, the maiming of our children, women and the elderly, robberies in the comfort of our own homes, plundering of the wealth of this country; its people, and natural resources. Wedare say, enough about promises for better housing, sanitation, water and electricity and the much-vaunted jobs.
In song and dance, we are taking to the streets and footpaths of our country to shout no more. No more shall the people of this country allow this path of self-genocide and extinction. In the name of Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe and the unsung heroes and heroines, we say no more. The passion and vigour including the willingness to die in toppling the evil Apartheid system should be re-ignited with more intensity than ever before. We should be angry and bitter to ourselves and ask how can we allow ourselves to lead this beautiful country to self-destruction? Then we should channel this anger and bitterness to exorcise the demonic tendencies within ourselves and to build this country stone by stone.
In the streets, we should destroy and burn to ashes our laziness to think and act, dependency syndrome, ignorance, our comfort to filth and criminal activities where criminals are role-models to our boys and darlings to our daughters. We should burn beyond recognition our culture of destroying the very limited national assets we have such as clinics and libraries during service delivery protests and strikes. We should stone to death our lack of a sense of ownership and community, our PHDs (pull her down syndrome) and better said the seven deadly sins within most of us. We should blockade all foreign tendencies that rob us of our self-identity and history while entrenching the notion that we to be baby-sited since we cannot take care of ourselves or do anything of value. We should hurl stones to the man-made road carnage and HIV scourge does is primarily due to human behaviour.
Today, with our knees raised high we sing, enough about corruption, crime, the maiming of our children, women and the elderly, robberies in the comfort of our own homes, plundering of the wealth of this country; its people, natural resources as perpetrated by our very individual and collective self. We are not casting our eyes afield but look within ourselves to stop corruption, crime, lawlessness and laziness. On top of our voices we are shouting, we do not want jobs and we want to create them. We do not want promises of houses, toilets, water systems and community infrastructure but the empowerment for us to built and preserve them ourselves. All we need is the educational, scientific, industrial and technological prowess to realise our innovations and produce our commercially- viable prototypes.
There is no nation that does not possess the innate potential to emancipate itself from its doldrums, disasters and its past demise. It is only through its people with the right value system and the quest to make things happen that peace and prosperity can be achieved. Surely, we know about the past experiences of America, Japan, and Germany as we know them (countries) today. On the home front, we know what is happening in Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. We should all know that Ethiopia was once afflicted with massive drought and hunger but are we aware that its growth its fast surpassing countries like the United Kingdom. It is only because they took a decisive position that they will be masters of their own fate.
If the revolution does not start yesterday, we are fast approaching a state of hopelessness and helplessness where we all say except for a few good men and women, it has always been meant to be and so be it. Apathy and lawlessness is stirring and smiling at us while saying come on you can do it and it is easy, and so because self-destruction is very easy. While it does not need a qualification but we seem to be fast becoming experts at it (self-destruction).
It is easy to say Africa like other nations of the world has also already achieved its enlightenment era but it seems buried deep in the archives chamber, never to be used until it reaches its disposal date. Let it be retrieved, dusted off and let it enjoy the space at the epicentre of our growth and development. The necessary leadership that is needed is to inspire people to take charge of their development by communicating a common vision, providing the necessary political and cultural environment to enhance public engagement and participation in the shared vision and mostly importantly the distribution of the resources and the benefits to achieve them. Yesterday, I take to the streets singing, ‘awulethe umshin’wam’ and are the any compatriots in sight to join. And I will remain in the streets until I attain my newfound freedom, my emancipation.