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We did it before! We have to pull ourselves by the bootstrap out of pessimism.

06 February 2013, 12:03

Yes, we did it before. We must pull ourselves by the bootstrap out of pessimism!

Daily I read, headlined in the daily newspapers especially, anything but positive developments in our beloved country being rent asunder by crime and corruption and when a 94 year old gogo  or  10 MONTH OLD BABY gets raped there is something chronically wrong especially when government is rudderless ahead of Mangaung 2012. It shouldn't be. Why is it that when elephants do the mating dance, we ants get trampled?

Presently, as it has been for a while, these are the worst of times and if one has to gauge the index of confidence from rating agencies especially I would be right in saying that an overwhelming majority of South Africans are not only unhappy but angry and frustrated. The catalogue reflecting  the spreading cancerous growth in our body politic is the source of our pessimism, and therefore clearly its time for regime change and if the ANC cannot see what is clearly written on the faces of the masses, Mangaung and beyond will see its unravelling as a "peoples movement".  And when criminals gun down policemen and women in cold blood the apocalypse cannot be far off!

Its unusual , therefore, not be slide into pessimism unless something emerges ahead of Manguang that will offer respite to the jobless and the hungry there could be many more marikana-type rebellions approaching ahead of 2014.

Daily I see the desperate stand along the kerb side in Umgeni Road/Alpine Road that I traverse  in the Durban Overport area waiting for someone to offer them a daily job,any job so they can feed their families and we who are clinging to the vestiges of our jobs remind ourselves and fear this reality. This is the national norm I understand!

Its difficult not to be pessimistic having regard to the number of marital breakdowns that accompany these times and add to that the crime riddled political bureaucracy that signals how ineffective our government is against the criminally bent.Its no good for high profile criminals like Jub Jub Morihane to be publically sanctioned whilst billions are siphoned from the fiscus leaving the taxpayer in dire straits.

SA needs ethical leadership that brooks no nonsense and stands up to crime and corruption. We did it before, my countrymen and women, and we can do it again!

Whether its Dr Mamphela Ramphele or whosoever, as we have a wealth of the wise and competent, we need to clamour for change and this lies in our voices and voting power as well as using the printed and electronic media to bring about constructive change.

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