I am angry, so I will march

2017-04-07 08:23
People speaking at Save South Africa's 'real State of the Nation Address' say citizens are fed up with the state of the country under the current administration. (Paul Herman, News24)

People speaking at Save South Africa's 'real State of the Nation Address' say citizens are fed up with the state of the country under the current administration. (Paul Herman, News24)

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I am angry. Angry and frustrated at what is happening to our country.

I am angry not just with Zuma. Of course that is a large part of my anger. Anger at corruption; at lying politicians who place their own positions above the good of the country; at state capture and the shenanigans that surround the Guptas and their lackeys in government and business; at the cowering of so-called leaders like Cyril Ramaphosa (where is the man that led the negotiations for the ANC against the apartheid government?) and Gwede Mantashe and their lack of backbone and character and for earlier this week, giving us a glimmer of hope that maybe there are still good men and women in the ANC, only to dash those hopes and to bring us down to a level below where we were.

I am angry at the whole of the ANC for continuing to back a man who is an incompetent rogue and a thief and by doing so mortgaging the future of our country, as they put the party of the ANC before their country.

I cannot believe that out of the ANC members of Parliament there is not one who looks at himself or herself in the mirror in the morning and is ashamed of betraying the people who elected him or her. That makes me even angrier.

I am angry that the voices of great stalwarts of the struggle are sidelined and even mocked when they criticise the actions of Zuma and his cronies. I am angry when I see good men like Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas cast aside because they put the interests of the country first, whilst incompetence and corruption in government is rewarded.

I am angry that every day when I host tourists to this country I have to defend a giggling president and his corrupt and incompetent colleagues and be positive about the country when in reality I can no longer be positive for as long as Zuma is in power.

I am angry that for the first time since apartheid ended, when travelling abroad, I am again ashamed of my government and the memories come flooding back of how, during apartheid we used to mumble when asked where we came from.

I am angry that the 800 000 plus people who have emigrated from our lovely land since 1994 are sitting in countries like Australia, New Zealand, England and USA nodding knowingly to their friends as they sip a beer, commenting, “I told you so”.

I am angry that the dreams of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani and others lie in tatters and nobody is trying to put them back together.

That is why I am marching. I am angry.

Will my marching make a difference? Probably not. Maybe it will be like the USA? Thousands of marchers took to the streets but Donald Trump still remained as president.

Or maybe it will be like South Korea and Brazil where the marches appear to have made a difference. Either way, I wish to express my anger. That is why I am marching.

Most of my life was spent living as a privileged person in an unjust society. Last time I did nothing to help change. At 76, I am not about to repeat the mistake. This time I march. I shout. I scream.

The corruption must end and the man responsible must go. Zuma must step down. I will add my contribution to those who, like me, believe in a decent democratic society.

Nobody in power will notice me on the march, but I and thousands of others will add up to make a whole which is more powerful than the forces of evil that are currently running the country. I want to be proud of my country again. That is why I march.

- Robin Binckes is the author of four books. “Canvas Under the Sky”, “The Great Trek Uncut”, “Tuckers Deadline” and “What A Boykie”. He specialises as a historic tour guide in Gauteng.

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