Ben Okri once wrote: “A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make nations sick. Without stories we would go mad. Life would lose it’s moorings or orientation... Stories can conquer fear”.
The above quote authenticates the fact that South Africa is turning into a sick nation as a result of allowing sick storytellers to dominate the public domain with stories that are aimed at serving their own selfish motives.
The election outcome of the most contested elections in the history of our country has just shown the side effects of the sick stories that are fed on us by these storytellers. The most degrading sick story that we are told in South Africa is that ‘we have a good story to tell after 20 years of our hard won democracy.’
Karl Marx was spot on when he argued that the dominant views in society are shaped by the ruling class and South Africa is no exception. The ANC as the ruling class is known for distorting the truth and history of South Africa to serve their interests of patronising and emotionally blackmailing the masses to retain them in power even when it is pretty clear that they are failing dismally to transform the lives of the poor majority.
The ANC is continuing to put itself in the centre stage of the liberation struggle so as to project themselves as the saviour that must be rewarded with safeguarding our young democracy.
How can the ANC say we have a good a good story to tell when the majority still live in abject poverty? Is it a good story to tell when institutions that were supposed to be the pillars of our strength are constantly undermined and compromised to suit the interest of the ruling class?
The retaining of the ANC into power is largely due to the effects of the stories that we are fed with on a daily basis. South Africa is unhealthy because we have allowed sick story tellers to dominate our public domain with their sick stories.
The ANC has lost its touch with the masses and prevailing conditions but their downfall is safeguarded by the stories that they feed the nation that makes them holier to lure public trust. We cannot sleep and wake up to no disappointment in their presence because of their tendency of undermining the very same institutions that are aimed at fostering our young democracy.
The ANC must bear in mind that the only power that the only power that poor people have is hunger and cease from telling us sick stories.