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We were all here

15 January 2014, 14:40

Yes, we were all here, shame!! When our baby girls were raped, when innocent souls were brutally killed every day we were all here, Mzansi. When a woman slept with dogs in an exchange for money in Pretoria, we were all here. All the gates: Nkandla-gate, Gupta-gate, E-toll-gate, Secrecy Bill-gate happen before our eyes; we were all here. Shame on us South Africans. We need actions before it is too late.

Our young sisters are missing each and every day. The standard and performance of our kids in mathematics is deteriorating as compared to their peers around the world, ± R30 billion from our government coffers are misused each year. Rhino poaching became the order of the day in our beautiful land. We are all here in our silence (action-less), pretending as if everything is fine, in this so-called rainbow nation. Higher education becomes the precious commodity like our stock markets, where only the privileged get access. Where is the Ubuntu Steve Biko and Chris Hani stood for? Where is the moral regeneration Mbeki encouraged? Mzansi, this is our land, we must rise up.

D. Bruce Locerbie, Chairman and CEO of PAIDEIA, Inc writes this about mediocrity and American education, “Mediocrity isn’t at root a national problem nor a corporate or institutional problem.. Mediocrity is a personal problem. American education isn’t a monolith, American education is made of millions of students being taught by millions of teachers, assisted by millions supporting staff, equipped by millions of manufacturers and editors and suppliers… Each of these facets of American education is peopled by individuals...”

With Bruce Locerbie’s analogy above, the communities or societies we live in are peopled by responsible individuals. I for one have no doubt that this country has capable and responsible individuals who can cure most of the illnesses this country is experiencing. Mandela and his generation did it, why can’t we do it?  Or perhaps are we mediocre, blame-mongers? Or are we ruled by power hungry, dictators?

With sky-rocketing unemployment, crime and emerging political intolerance, I believe that we as ordinary people can help to remedy the situation. Indeed, it is an open secret that our government can still do much better!! But the very same government system serves and works with us, the people, the communities and the organisations that form part of this country. Politics aside, this country still needs us all to work together.

We need more of Madiba’s calibre to rescue this country from becoming an action-less country. An Icon fallen in front of our every own eyes, but it seems we are failing to replicate some of the characters this Great Leader stood for. We can and able to have many Nyerere characters on this continent. We need Ghandi characters to fight the struggle of our time. Talk is cheap. We must walk the talk..!!

A German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said “Each indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting over lost days. What you can do or think you can do, begin it.” Mzansi let us begin, let’s us do it. Our individual contributions will make this country a better place for the generations to come.

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