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The silence of our people

21 January 2013, 16:11

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

When our people have become so silent that the walls scream louder than them, all has suddenly become a norm that no one challenges to change. When millions are reportedly spent on MEC houses and Inkandla gate instead of uplifting our communities and our country.

Let the poor suffer and be content in their suffering while the politically connected go on with their greed, oh is that shocking to you, it really shouldn’t; it has become a norm, we live with it, we know it’s there and we dare not challenge it.

When we no longer speak against what is wrong, our lives come to an end, when our people except corruption as a norm what will be of our country?

The millions that are spent in renovating these homes; could have been used to uplift our communities they could have been used to create jobs for the millions of young people who “loxion management”  as they call it has become part of their lives. Finishing school and staying at home for the rest of their life has become part of the perks of living in our beautiful South Africa.

It could have been used towards our hospitals, McCord hospital will soon close its doors in March, 424 jobs will be reportedly lost, and could this not have been prevented?

It could have been used to better our education system; our schools are producing batches of multiple-choice bubble fillers, but who dares to question this, who dares to stand up? Could this money not have done better in these fields?

Again thousands of who have matriculated will be left hopeless, no jobs and no money to pursue further education. Is this what our country deserves?

We are so used to mediocre that it has become a norm. From bad service from the private sector to the public sector, it’s okay we will just take it all in, we will accept it, we won’t change it nor will we challenge it. That is the kind of generation that we have become.

Even when we do talk back, that is all we do, we do not act on what we say. It is okay for anyone to walk all over us, we won’t say a word, nor will we do anything. Go ahead do as you please, we will lay here in silence, maybe twice complain but nothing beyond that.

What has happened to a generation of thinkers, a generation of doers, a generation that will not lay in silence but will stand up for what is right. A generation that will not tolerate injustice, which will not only speak out but act rightly as well.

A generation that will not be easily bribed, that will not be attracted to corruption, a generation that will not long for the easy life, but that will know that to attain anything in life you have to work hard. A generation that will be self-less, so self-less that the screams of the voice less are heard through them, that will reach out  a helping hand to the poor, the hopeless and remind them that they too are human beings , that they too deserve to live.

A generation that will not settle for mediocre but will want nothing but the best for our communities, for our people for our country.

If such a generation is not born in this lifetime we will have no country to call our own.

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