With the recent happenings at the mines I was still feeling some optimism that things will work out, cooler minds will prevail and a peaceful resolution will be met. No one will feel as though they had won, but that is the nature of compromise and working together.
That was until I heard Julius Malema was getting involved. I have to say the world was a happier place for the few weeks of silence we had from him. I felt as though our government had finally stood up to protect ALL of its citizens from this cancer that threatens every single one of us.
And this is the problem, many people think Malema is for them and against others, but he isn’t FOR or AGAINST anything. He stands for nothing concrete, nothing that can build a strong, safe and sustainable South Africa for all its citizens. He doesn’t stand for anything that will right wrongs or bring justice. He isn’t against that which divides us, racism, and misunderstanding of each other or the lack of action from our government to address the many problems we face. All he stands for is chaos. And chaos is dangerous. You cannot predict what will happen, what he will say, who will listen and what the outcomes will be.
His rhetoric is always divisive and not along race lines but along all lines of South African society. He doesn’t speak against white people; he speaks against anyone who has achieved anything since 1994. He speaks against education, he speaks against the successful and he speaks against those working towards our future no matter their colour.
And we all believe it is the ANC’s fault, we believe Juju was made by them, when in fact he is the nightmare made real by our own failure to understand each other and work together.
Every time one of us tries to explain why they upset us, or why things aren’t fair for us, we fuel Juju. Whenever we sit with our friends and admit that we feel less than friendly towards another race, we fuel Juju. Whenever we separate ourselves by race, area, pay grade or education, we fuel Juju. Those of you who write to the papers about those “bloody (space filled with bigotry) who took from me”, you are fuelling Juju.
So next time you want to blame all white people or all black people. Remember YOU are a part of the Juju problem. He would have no one to talk to and no one to listen if we were all working together and accepting our pasts and our differences as things we cannot change, but that can be used in positive ways to improve who we are as a nation.
South African doesn’t need to be fixed. The ANC aren’t to blame for everything. We give Malema life and purpose because we refuse to work together.
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