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The tribalist pact

02 June 2014, 12:51

It has been weeks after the results of the polls in South Africa. What is evident from the said polls is the fact that the ANC has once again emerged victors. To this extent one is inclined to believe that there was nothing historic or unusual about the victory since it has been happening at the dawn of democracy in 1994. The results were also confirmation of the catapultation of Jacob Zuma as the Republic's constitutional executive and pilot. This catapultation, I must say, with all its notable implications, cannot escape the critical eyes of those who are more concerned with true freedom of ordinary people of South Africa.

The maturity of our political mettle as a people was put to test in the recent elections, in the absence of the universal icon and paragon, Nelson Mandela. This maturity, while easily noticeable by the non-violence during and after elections, has its price to pay. This despite numerous sporadic incidents in various provinces of people who were said to be unhappy with the outcome of the elections.

The resultant inauguration of Zuma for the second term has pitted the maturity as above-mentioned against rules of logic. This is for the reason that while a matured citizen of the Republic went to the polls, logic remained behind. Many of our people were victims of manipulation by the ruling party in the lead to elections. People were made to believe that the opposition is against one man who is in fact worthy of their pity. The ascension of this man into top command once again presents  numerous problems which are deserving of thoughtful consideration. For the first time in our history of a democratic South Africa, we have a president taking charge for the second term. Yet, for the fourth time in a row, a president is one of the same ethnic group.

The problem Zuma is to this country is real. Had the country been educated for this misplaced emotion of pity, the results at the polls would have afforded a worthy man the opportunity to lead the country in the right direction. For those who support Zuma, there's no reason why he shouldn't be president because he's been through a lot. He's been charged with fraud, been charged with rape and accused of stealing public funds to upgrade his Nkandla home. Many of his followers are not aware of his more important qualities or the lack thereof. They are thrilled by his energy to sing and dance, yet they fail to see his inability to exercise logic when presented with problem-solving situations, the most recent of which is his illogical 'it's not my problem' adage when answering critics on Nkandla. They fail to see the man in him who's duty is to recite dictated words and phrases in the form of speeches.

What is the source of these illogical tendencies among ordinary peoples of South Africa? Clearly, it is not fear of being led once again by a white man. The burial of apartheid in 1994 is almost identical to the burial of Madiba. We will never experience apartheid again in our lifetime in as much as we will not witness the resurrection of Madiba. Both are gone and only their vibrations remain. While an ordinary white South African is concerned about reversed racist tendencies, I fear most the amorous monster of tribalism. My fear is not without base since, when delivering a speech at Unisa at some stage former President Thabo Mbeki not only mentioned the existence of this monster within the ANC but also confirmed it. He confirmed this ugly beast as being 102 years old within the ANC and that while an undertaking was made then by the ruling party to eradicate the beast, same has not been done. A man of Mbeki's stature could not have mentioned this if he didn't know it existed. He's been there among those who have upheld this practice.

Whilst history is a terrible dictator at times, it cannot be ignored. Our history dictates that among the ethnic groups of South Africa, the Nguni have had beliefs that they are more superior than any other, that they are heirs of royalty and intelligence. This is for the reason that they believe that members of other ethnic groups are cowards and not brave enough. The basis for this is mainly on pre-civilisation triumphant battle encounters against boers by the likes of Shaka Zulu, a then leader of the Nguni tribe of the Zulus.

As a result of the above, members of other ethnic groups are to date labelled cowards and are predominantly still being referred to as 'izilwane' meaning beasts by those who refuse to outgrow pre-civilisation tendencies. The question whether or not the current leadership upholds these tendencies remains rhetoric. By way of observation though, it looks like thestatus quo remains. There is no reason why Kgalema Motlanthe should not be the incoming president given his political acumen. He is a man with a proven record of leadership this country needed in times like these. Is this president of pity, Zuma, really that far superior than Motlanthe?

Or is it the case of upholding the 'Pact', that 'beasts' shall only serve in subordinate positions in governance? Has Motlanthe really served his purpose? While a staunch member of the ruling party might be quick to remind me of the leadership of the ANC under the likes of James Moroka, who was later unseated and labelled a sell out, it is imperative to note that such leadership was inconsequential as it meant nothing to the nation as a whole.

Deputy president Ramaphosa will serve his purpose as a subordinate and a political gesture by the ANC. Tidings from the Kingdom of Tribalism (KZN) are already rife that they do not have confidence in Ramaphosa and that they are already pushing for one of their own to be next president of the ANC. The names of Baleka Mbete and Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma are already making rounds and Zuma himself has endorsed the notion.

How long will this traditional sabotage and domination continue? If the ANC wants a woman president, there's no reason why the ANCWL shouldn't be president of the party. Or is there? She is one of the cowards, unfortunately. There is no reason either, why Ramaphosa should not be next in line.

Are we as South 
Africans ready to wear the blanket of sound reason and logic, to see through this charming yet divisive tribalist ANC? Or are we ready to accept the crumbs of bread that the ANC is throwing at us when we actually know that we deserve the whole loaf? Are we tired of fighting for genuine equality in which no one is segregated on the basis of their ethnic dependence?

Our failure to attain true maturity of full equality has the effect that this beautiful country of paraded democracy still dwells in the era of trial and error, 20 years later. If we fail now, all men here and all mankind everywhere will suffer the death of the soul, as they might suffer the death of the body from a holocaust.

Time has come for an ordinary South African to reflect on the choice we made as far as the constitutional pilot is concerned. The likes of Motlanthe have done well in rare instances in the past when they served up in politics and government. They have not acted with less wisdom, courage, judiciousness than did brothers from the Nguni group. Perhaps the paramount question should not really be whether Zuma is equal to the burdensome responsibility, but whether we are equal as South Africans to make responsible choices without attaching emotions to same.

A new era has begun, another five years of trial and error, and we begin with trepidation induced by a survey of cold statistics. Will parties such as EFF co-operate with the man whose fate they swore to decide if they win elections? Are we likely to see the backlash of long hidden repressed feelings about 'Number 1'.

11 million people voted Zuma into power, again. What is the guess? Half of the 11 million of these voters are the follow-the leaders of this world when told who to follow. Unconscious of the real issues within their country, these voters were subjected to reasoning based on assertion of authority. The context in which this fallacious way of manipulation, used by the ANC in its campaigns prior to elections, is meant to undermine voters, the majority of whom are uneducated. These poor citizens of our beloved country are told the ruling party is the reason they are free. Yet, this authoritative fallacious way of manipulation is not sound as the people of this country liberated themselves. 
These are the same people who will blockade our roads and burn tyres in protestations over the next 5 years. Their logic- 'we voted for for them, they must deliver'. They forget that by voting the same people into power is equal to giving them power not to do anything at all.

Those of us hoping for radical change for economic freedom and true equality are waiting for the commitment of from the half of the 11 million voters to fight against the monster of tribalism. We pray that they, in turn will wait for their own judgements to stand the tests of self-exploration and sound intelligence. That moment of decision must come now and never during the countdown to the next polls, for the common good, not to feel sorry for an individual, and certainly not for the loyalty to leadership that has derailed from its promises of its foundation.

Our future as South Africans is not in the hands of the ruling party or its leadership. It is in our own hands, for better for worse. We need to therefore consider, at this juncture, whether or not we have attained sufficient maturity as individuals, have grown high enough, have become citizens enough, to permit hidden agendas of tribalists to dominate and manipulate us any further.

Let us stand up against tribalism.

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