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Saving South Africa from its corrupt politicians

25 March 2014, 14:19

Saving South Africa from its corrupt politicians

Observing from afar - South Africa today is suffering from the culture of "the here and now," the culture of "no planning," the culture of "no real accountability" as characterized by, and thanks to regular exposures by the press, of a significant sector of public servants. These people have enriched themselves by scalping public funds. Call it the culture of ‘now-ism’.

Now-ism is the culture of the here and now, which places the goal of personal political survival above what is best for the country. This is a culture that allows many of our politicians to run for office with a platform-less platform, which says nothing about any major issue that is supposed to be on South Africa’s agenda. 

In my opinion, and in the opinion of many I talk to, South Africa has lost its vision, direction and path, and has a leadership that feels extremely confident because it is never threatened, even when it is leading us towards the brink of diplomatic, social and economic disaster.

So let us ask ourselves: Do we believe that this is the direction in which the ruling party and politicians we have elected are taking us and are we becoming a failed state?

This fatal combination of opportunism in the service of now-ism in our country has for years been an ideal habitat for ties between capitalism and government, lack of planning and lack of vision in almost every field.


In order to make a meaningful change of course from the direction in which we're currently heading, we must shake off the culture of opportunism in service of now-ism, to return substance, values and morals to our country, and to determine the right set of priorities to lead this country we hold so dear back to what we struggled and fought for, otherwise winning our Freedom was all in vain.

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