PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Boomslang
 
Comments: 29
Article views: 2326
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Boomslang's badges.
 

Wake-up South Africa!

04 January 2013, 14:03

Over the past few weeks I have followed several articles discussing religion (the existence of a God) and science (the Big Bang Theory - BBT). After all that was said by both atheists and theists alike I learnt that even well-educated adults can argue like little girls. Finally, I learnt that humans are stubborn and it’s almost impossible to change someone’s mind even when presenting them with ‘proof’. This got me thinking…

Politics is another one of those cautious topics of conversation which always ends in blood and tears. Just like a strong Christian won’t lose faith when shown a few BBT sites, ANC supporters won’t stop voting ANC even after years of under-performance and corruption. My question, and the purpose of this article, is why?

I am a VERY proud South African. I love this country and don’t ever see myself leaving our beautiful shores. This country has so much to offer and it pains me to see it going in the wrong direction.  Let’s just get this straight, this is not a race issue, this is an issue of the wrong people being in power, regardless of age, gender or race.

No one can deny that the ANC is lost. Even our heroes who helped shape the South Africa we live in don’t deny it. Desmond Tutu was recently quoted saying, “It is difficult to believe people are getting such money and benefits, and are driving such flashy cars while the masses suffer in cramped shacks.” Yes, he is referring to the ANC and its leadership. He even compared the ANC to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, both of whom were overthrown in popular uprisings after years of war crimes, hate crimes and corruption.

I don’t need to state facts and figures highlighting the ANC’s underperformance and corrupt dealings. It is all public knowledge. Since coming into power, around 20% of South Africans still have no electricity and 10% no running water. Protests over service delivery are frequent, yet they are still voted into power over and over again. The government’s excessive spending on luxury hotels and small armies of round-the-clock security to officials is also well publicized. The ‘leaders’ live lives of luxury and safety while most of the population battle unacceptably high crime rates and poverty.

I urge the population to start taking their own futures into their own hands and to start making the right decisions. Like Desmond Tutu, I too shall, “…pray, as we prayed for downfall of [the] apartheid government, we will pray for [the] downfall of a government that misrepresents us."

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
29 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
YOU
‘He kissed me on the cheek – whil...

"The bullet went straight through my ribs and broke them." Read more...

0 comments 39518 views
Submitted by
Kagisho Montjane
Like sands through the hour glass...

Growing up in the dusty street of Limpopo , people always get surprised when they find me immersed in the sound of Opera.  Read more...

0 comments 344 views
Submitted by
No Ohno
A reply to : Speaking to our pare...

On 2017-08-17 I read this posting by Ashanti Kunene : Speaking to our parents: how is this freedom? I didn't really want to reply, since I read postings like these daily, but there is just something about this posting that is haunting. Read more...

0 comments 678 views
Submitted by
Revelgen
Congratulations Makhosi Khoza - y...

When the history of South Africa is written in a few years' time, some names are going to stand out: people like Thuli Madonsela, who won the admiration of the world for the quiet, efficient, honest way she fulfilled the role of Public Protector. Read more...

0 comments 1311 views
Submitted by
So,Recently
The Self-Destruction of the ANC

So, recently President Jacob Zuma survived another parliamentary vote of no confidence, his eight thus far.  Read more...

0 comments 1076 views
Submitted by
Dandelion WCape
Responsibility, reconciliation an...

The loudest voices will be heard. Unfortunately those voices don’t always express well-considered, complex or nuanced thinking. Read more...

0 comments 364 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.