Or rather, who dares to try?
How can we as human beings, not as different races, but like minded people, with the same goals and dreams see all that is wrong in this country and not be able to do anything about it? After all, we, the general voting population, have all the power.
We decide where we want this country to go by electing our leaders and holding them responsible for achieving the goals they promised. That’s why we voted for them is it not? We are sitting on a cornucopia of possibilities - with our mineral rich soil and perfect climate we should be one of the richest countries on earth. We used to be, so why can this not be achieved again?
According to science, the Cradle of Humankind is the central point from where everything started, so technically we should also be the most sophisticated people on the planet, as we have been here the longest. This is not the case though.The whole country is in turmoil, and we are constantly at war with everyone, even our own brothers. Like medieval barbarians we steal, murder, rape and violently destroy everything we come into contact with.
We have access to education, yet we stay illiterate. We have jobs when millions do not, but we are not grateful, we refuse to work and break down everything around us to get what we want. We sell our children for a quick buck, and in doing so our future also. Where are we going to be in thirty years when they are running this country? Who is going to lead us on the righteous path if this is what we teach our future leaders?
For shame South Africa!
So every day we sit here, shocked and dismayed, as we read the news on this site. We get so upset by what we read that we do what is in our immediate power, believing that it can alleviate our stress and maybe make someone else see the light – we leave a comment related to the article.
Next thing, BAM! Someone does not agree with us and we end up in a fight of words on a public platform where everyone can see how petty we are. The thing that leaves me completely baffled about this is that the article could be about anything under the sun, but there will always be some people that will bring race into the equation. White this, black that, blah blah blah.
Has South Africa not had enough of this yet? Must everything always be about race? What the hell is wrong with us as a nation?
Down the pooper
When are we going to realise that South Africa is big enough for all of us and working together we can all reap the benefits of a well run country. The solution is actually quite easy and it is up to us to make the change, as we are the ones that are allowing everything to go down the pooper by the choices we make.
We must open our eyes and unite against injustice. We must hold our politicians responsible for their failures, no matter who they are. Politicians are after all servants of the people – we put them in those positions and we pay their salaries in exchange for managing our country in an honest and honorable way that will benefit everyone living here. They are ordinary people in important roles, not the gods they make themselves out to be.
This is regretfully easier said than done though as this is where our biggest stumble block comes in – party loyalty. We are all loyal to the parties we support, and many people find it inconceivable to change that loyalty, no matter how badly their party performs. It is the same with religion – we believe what we believe, and nothing anyone says will change our faith. Parenting can also be categorised with these, as we are also mostly blind to our children’s failures and mistakes – we love them and will go to the ends of the earth to protect them, no matter how badly they behave.
I think Mark Twain said it best in Eruption: “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.”
Know this as truth people; success will only be possible in a South Africa where everyone stands together for a common goal, regardless of party loyalty. In his address to the 1993 Cosatu Congress, Mandela said, “If the ANC does to you what the Apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the Apartheid government.” We claim loyalty to this man, this hero of nations, who has devoted his life to achieve what we all dream of, but we won’t follow his advice.
Do we really believe that we are still voting for the people’s ANC which stood for freedom and equal rights for all? Do you not see that it is no more? The ANC of today is in the hands of corrupt individuals, who do not see the suffering around them, only their own meal tickets on the gravy train.
How can we vote for them with a clear conscience when we don’t even have a say in who will be leading our party – open your eyes people, the bad guys are in charge and they are staying in charge because of this.
It is regretful that politics has become such a welcome home for the morally bankrupt, power hungry villains of society. For this reason it is up to us to make the change. We must become the heroes that can save this country from itself. Come 2014 we must take back control from these criminals – keep the people’s ANC in your heart, but vote with your head.
Show them that we will no longer be toyed with, that we mean business. If you can’t serve us, the voice of this nation, we will remove you from your station. The power is ours! Vote people, vote for any other party whose policies you agree with. Take time to find the truth for yourself, not the truth we are made to believe.
Until then we are on a path that will only leave us as another failed African nation.
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