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'Where are you?'

06 October 2009, 07:11  - Quintin
I have a few questions that I'd like to raise with all our well-educated, university graduated people who have taken up employment in our government departments.

1. Where are you?

- During these tumultuous times, we need your guidance and wisdom. The politicians don't necessarily have a clue how to run a government as their area of expertise is definitely not good governance. I'm only seeing the worst in the media at the moment.

2. Are you blind?

- During the last few months, the ruling party would like all citizens to believe that 16 years of bad management and corruption will automatically cease because President Jacob Zuma has said so, even though he continually finds ways to set his best friends up with top government positions.

3. Where do you draw the line?

- How far will you go to remain loyal to a cause that has shown itself to be very self-serving and based entirely on the enrichment of the individual?

Our country needs leaders who care for the people of South Africa. I don't think the ruling party knows what that is though. Every day the wind is knocked from us "little folk" who have to tolerate the behaviour of our government officials and politicians. Here we find politicians, judges, policemen and more, going to court for various criminal charges and showing the most disgusting contempt for the rule of law because they are well connected to the ruling party. Even when found guilty, they still don't show remorse for stealing from poor people.

Every other day we find more shocking reports of maladministration by the people the ruling party put in place to run our municipalities, and then flaunt their stolen wealth as a reason to belong to the ruling party. Where are our great minds then? Are they not available to oversee these things? Don't they care anymore?

Our people are burning their neighbourhoods to the ground and all we get are empty promises and more lies.

I'm sure that many people want to know what the heck is going on. Is our democracy as safe as the ruling party would have us believe? How can it be when hate speech is encouraged and racism is condoned.

That's what I feel when nobody tells Julius Malema that he is out of line. That's what I feel when politicians insult women by hurling their fists and abuse at their wives and then get married in condoned polygamy (which is, incidentally, illegal by law for the rest of South Africans). 

I ask you learned and esteemed leaders to look beyond what occurred in the past, as this measuring stick no longer applies. We need to look at our future and how the ruling party is shaping it.

Policies, oversight, responsibility and truth are yours to keep but not for yourselves. You are employed for the purpose of making our people into a nation that can flourish.
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