Young author challenges status quo

2015-08-06 06:00
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Zipho Makhoba with his new book.

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AFTER 21 years into the new democratic dispensation, a young author from Ashdown believes we are nowhere near freedom, that is, not until political elites across all racial lines engage in debate about progressive transformation.

Zipho Makhoba last month published a book titled Post Independence Pitfalls in Africa. NOKULUNGA NGOBESE spoke to him.

The 26-year-old author, political philosopher and social commentator said his book is not a personal attack on the apartheid government, rather it is a call for political elites in Africa to unite so there can be transformation.

“The African state is indebted because of past mistakes. There is not enough money for development and infrastructure because even though African countries gained independence, they are still paying off debts that were incurred in the past. While we say we are free, the issue of poverty and illiteracy is still colour-conscious in Africa, as there is inadequate transformation.

“The book further talks about contemporary echoes of the past in black and white. It speaks about corruption by state officials and the fact that black people are still used as tools by other races to further their own interests. There is so much corruption in this country, because our own political leaders want to live lavish lifestyles.

“There are so many pitfalls in the post-independence Africa, but my aim is not to point fingers at anyone but to call for unity towards transformation.”

Makhoba said his dream is to see political studies being introduced from a young age, rather than learning about the truth in tertiary institutions.

“There is still so much economic, social and political inequality. Our country needs structural transformation. Let us all sit together and find solutions.”

The book is published by Strattalk Publishers, available at Adams andamp; Griggs

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