Well! As one of the millions who queued during our country’s first elections, I remember I voted with the then Bophuthatswana book of life nog-al! “the grey one” some of us will remember it, mine is kept as a souvenir.
The myth of success was in the air, I visioned the end to the tin houses, the end of coal smoke during winter time which used to make me cough badly, the end of the inferior education in South Africa. The ANC made sense then, even some of those who were supporting the segregation laws changed their attitudes there and then. Those who opposed the idea of democracy changed their minds right inside the voting booth while making their mark and they also voted for change, equality and diversity. They gave “us” the lifeline and we all worked together as neighbours and friends.
I do not want to mention the situation we find ourselves at now, the dying education, the corruption, the stealing, the misuse of power, the threat to silence the vocals, the lawlessness, the lack of leadership, the uneducated individuals in office positions….All these at who’s expense? Mine? never.
Now my fellow Africans, this time I am pleading to my fellow black South Africans specifically. The time is now to save this country from sinking. We have the last lifeline to shine again and show the Ubuntu we are so up about. Our beloved ruling party has lost the plot I am not scared to say it, as their supporter and as someone who used to speak so highly of them. We see some of the opposition parties as white dominated and the threat to return the segregation. I can assure you that it is only the fear in your head the reality is, you are not better off with the current political situation.
We have the power to give them a break in a form of a timeout, so that they can be able to find themselves again. We are not only doing a disservice to them by not giving them a break at the moment but we are also putting ourselves in danger by being loyal to the idea which in my point of view is dead already. The risks we are facing can be managed with a simple plan, we need to vote for the opposition parties of our choice. Even if there can be up to 3 opposition parties having to run the country as a coalition, it will be better that not pulling these guys out of the tide they are in.
Come on use your last lifeline, if we managed to kick out the apartheid monster, this is nothing, let’s bring back the hope and smile in everyone’s face again.