Question politicians about broken promises

2017-10-15 06:19
Muano Liphadzi

Muano Liphadzi

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I live in a country that was once in the dark ages, but that is just a history that belongs in the past. South Africa is beautiful, rich in raw natural minerals, tourist attractions and opportunities. However, the living conditions of so many citizens have either not changed much or worsened.

Whenever I see patriotic citizens in long queues at the South African Revenue Service, I feel disheartened, knowing that someone out there is patiently waiting to benefit from ill-gotten gains. At times, I so wish citizens would boycott this organisation and save their minimum wages which enable them not to enjoy their economic freedom. Such freedom has become nonexistent due to high levels of corruption in this country. I am adamant that corruption should be taught at schools; the future generation should know that such behaviour is forbidden and poses a threat to human survival.

Today we have deceitful leaders who are not ashamed of their ill-gotten gains because they never go around on an empty stomach. Such leaders are not worried by the new data released by Stats SA, that millions of South Africans are living in poverty. To them, reading these statistics is no different from reading a nonfiction novel to amuse themselves.

I sympathise with millions of employed and unemployed citizens who are economically enslaved by their leaders who drive expensive German cars, wear designer clothes, go on the best luxury trips and stay in mansions paid for by hardworking citizens. Alexander Berkman once said, “Man’s inhumanity to man is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep.”

Many parents are no longer role models in their families, as they are unable to pay for their children’s better education or recreational activities. Households in townships and villages are more concerned about their basic needs which they cripple themselves to provide. Children are being brought up in harsh conditions which could have been avoided, but they must succumb to their miserable situations.

As elections approach, poor communities should stop accepting food parcels and any piece of cheap clothing from politicians who buy their groceries at expensive retailers. People should question them about the clinics, schools and roads which have not been built but were promised. Our frustrations will never end unless we stop complaining via social networks and start to take action against those who have luxury lifestyles they do not deserve.

Liphadzi is an unemployed graduate

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