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I would be shocked if any of the millions of South Africans who have celebrated the Springbok win believe that because we returned with the World Cup, our problems have been solved. It's nonsensical in the extreme, writes Howard Feldman.
"The economy is in a slump; our ratings are
negative; our schools don't work for the majority; and there are indications of
more load shedding. So why are South Africans dancing in the streets, at
airports..." Professor Jonathan Jansen asked of his more than 100 000
Twitter followers this week.
My answer? Because we are
nuanced and complex and capable of joy even in adversity. It's what makes us
human and awesome.
And I believe that. I
believe that at the height of our joy we are capable or remembering those who
suffer just as in the depth of our struggle we can find light and reason to
If South Africa's Rugby
World Cup win over the English this past weekend couldn't provide some cause
for celebration, then it is uncertain if anything will.
OPINION | Melanie Verwoerd: Our response to the Springboks victory shows we're more united than divided
Once again South Africa
finds itself divided. This time it is not along racial lines, but rather in
camps of positivity and negativity. Groups of optimists versus pessimists; divided
in terms of who is prepared to celebrate each moment as opposed to those who
refuse to do so.
themselves are not united. The Jonathan Jansens seem to worry about the bigger
picture and that in all this joy we might forget to fix problems. Which is why
there seems to be an insistence that each ill is sorted before encouraging or
Whereas I might disagree
with this approach, there is still an element of rational debate.
Not so with the EFF. "Congratulations
to #SiyaKolisi… the rest go get your congratulations from Prince Harry",
was the now infamous tweet of EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. It is unclear
why he would choose to write this, or what it even really means, but it is
clear that his intention was not to be positive.
Even following the
reaction from EFF supporters, both he and the EFF chose to double down on the
negativity and to lock themselves into a position that will do them or the
country no favours. That the party decided to remain seated during the
celebration in Parliament, speaks volumes, and is as clear an indication as
there ever has been that the EFF has little interest in unity but a very
significant interest in divisiveness.
South Africans want to
celebrate and for once the EFF has read the mood wrong. In doing so they have
separated themselves from the country and placed themselves on the fringe of
South African society. This is a massive pity, given that they have much to
contribute towards national discourse and debate. As experts in social media,
there is little doubt that they will be aware of this and will need to decide
on their next move. We can expect to see a rash of support for new and popular
causes or with obstructive behaviour in Parliament or at a municipal level.
Watch this space.
I would be shocked if any
of the millions of South Africans who have celebrated the Springbok win believe
that because we returned with the Rugby World Cup, that our problems have been
solved. It's nonsensical in the extreme and insulting to the people of the
South Africans are well aware
of the challenges that we face. We are deeply conscious of the myriad of
problems in our society. But we are also nuanced and smart enough to be able to
celebrate each victory without being constantly reminded why we should not.
Poetry is often written
in angst. Music is frequently composed following a break-up and Jewish grooms
break a glass at their wedding so that even in joy they remember loss. We are
built to handle complexity, and suggesting otherwise is to not only lose the
joy that every day brings but to deny ourselves of the exquisite feeling of
- Howard Feldman is a keynote speaker and analyst. He is the author of three books and is the morning talk show host on ChaiFM.
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