Responsibility is key, but the state must play its role

2019-06-10 10:27
As the gap between rich and poor increases it’s getting harder for people – the average middle-class South African included – to see what the rich earn and not feel resentful. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

As the gap between rich and poor increases it’s getting harder for people – the average middle-class South African included – to see what the rich earn and not feel resentful. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

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Dear Honourable Zille

I read your article in with great excitement and eagerness. 

Though I vote ANC I believe that your commentary about the need for a "culture of accountability" is integral to our efforts to building a great country. I believe that government policies should always support greater accountability, self-determination of its citizens for their own lives and support the independence of the family which is the basic unit of society. I know that doing so is in the best interest of the people for them to be accountable and will go a long way to achieve real growth in our country. We need a campaign to foster greater accountability in each citizen. 

While I believe that, I also acknowledge that the vast majority of our African people who due to the dark past of our country have become victimized by a system that was designed to disadvantage them to a point where they could not self-determine and they were rendered foreigners and second class citizens in their own country.

There are many reasons why a Zodwa born in Site B, Khayelitsha is already disadvantaged compared to a Stacy born in Constantia. Their lives and opportunities are vastly different and though I believe university education can tip the scales, Zodwa still will need to be a provider for 5-10 hungry family members. Many people call this black tax, though noble is a set back many black professionals face, this is courtesy of the previous generations before Zodwas who deprived of opportunities due to apartheid and colonialism. Fortunately with time this gets better because Zodwas children's opportunities become infinitely better than hers.

Most girls like Zodwa born in a place like Site B, never actually complete matric nor go to university. As a result they become unemployable. 

This is a reality of the South Africa we have. 

Can it be changed? Yes, if everyone works together. When I mean everyone I am including the private sector because they are part of the opportunity and the problem.

Taking into account these realities I believe we can have a better country especially as we responsible citizens and politicians who promote accountability and a realism that goes beyond theorizing and race based politics that do not even take us 50 meters forward. 

Sandile Makasi 

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