I often wondered why Africa had such an abundant supply of dictators, failed states and famine stricken declared disaster areas.
I suppose a lot of the pessimistic News 24 faithful would happily point out either one of the following reasons;
one, that black people don’t know how to govern a state,
two, that settlers stole land and oppressed the majority for years.
Normally, you would fall into either one of the above categories when dealing with the question at hand, and this would purely be due to “comment ping-pong”, which would make even the most hardened open mind swing his or her argument either left or right; all this of course, mostly, due to emotional response from a “black communist” or “white supremacist”.
Nowadays, it’s as if people are relieving themselves of all the race tension they fostered for years, either side of the fence, and we’re all in the middle of an abortion of the black and white twins we all supposedly carried and nurtured in the belly of this country, or continent for that matter.
But, is it really an abortion?
Many seem to think so...
What if it was the birth of the two, and that which we are experiencing is labour, followed by growing pains?
I’ve always considered myself to be positive in my outlook towards South Africa...and to be honest, I never really cared much for the rest of Africa, for the simple reason that the situation in South Africa, is far more unique than that in some of the other countries on this continent.
One could also argue that this country is like a stock market; dependent on the collective opinions of its stakeholders, and that it could only function successfully, if enough people bought into its potential success.
Recessions and depressions are not caused by a lack of money. They are caused by a lack of money circulation.
People and businesses hold on to money, because they perceive the conditions outside the market to be too risky to invest, purely because no one else is.
Theoretically, a stock market, or any financial market for that matter, would function perfectly if investors kept investing, and traders kept on trading irrespective of warnings of collapses ad meltdowns. But, alas nothing works in a vacuum...
My point is that the synergy of a society is not always vested in individual politics, in fact, it was never supposed to be!
But, this being Africa, one has to bear in mind that there is a cycle to be expected...one that starts with hope and peace, and gradually transforms into greed and oppression.
In my opinion, our country has come way too far to be just another Zimbabwe, and my sentiment is shared by many a South African, irrespective of skin colour.
However, we also have the potential to become one...
A glorified failure, irrespective of all the hard work, first world money, elite economic groups we form part of, and most of all, collective pride for what we really can achieve...the first, truly successful African country!
The worst of it...we were always destined to succeed, yet we show traces of massive failure... But hell, who doesn’t?
The only reason your run-of-the-mill African hell hole, with some self proclaimed General or Colonel in jackbooted parade like fashion and doomed-to-be-killed-by –his-own-people-at-some-stage leader or government keeps failing, is because the masses were uneducated, allowing the leaders too much rope (normally to hang themselves on as well).
Their people's lack of education allowed them to stand for nothing but themselves, as they had to survive.
And...if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything (I know...let’s just call it cliché Friday).
In the case of South Africa, we still have a massive amount of uneducated people, true, but inevitably that number will dwindle, and politics should return to normal...in an international sense I mean.
What this country needs then is a positive attitude, because all the other ingredients are there. Why on earth are we becoming negative on our outlook and futures, because we have bad leaders? They are the ones supposed to fear us, not the other way around!
I have a sneaking suspicion; this country will show this government how much it smarted up during the past years. I mean, we have a millions of people that earned their independence and freedom from a previous oppressor. Wouldn’t that be the last place you’d try to do the same gag again?
We can achieve this African revolution in the world, and become independent from them, and be taken serious for the first time. The funny thing is, by doing this, our people are served much better, than trying to feed them fish, rather than a net (remember...Friday).
Our government, this...government is a one trick pony and the best of it is that trick wasn’t even invented by them.
It was invented by many men, but proclaimed by one, a man... called Verwoerd.