We believe in Mandela's dream, but we are leaderless

2019-04-26 16:14
Rumwell Mabundza

Rumwell Mabundza

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Name: Rumwell Mabundza

Age: 28

Occupation: Business owner

Dear Mr President

I write as a worried South African responding to your call for us young South Africans to stay.

To be honest, we are in the most crucial stage and may be historical, for either the right or wrong reasons when we look back in 50 years' time. I am not against change but as you know as an ex business person, calculated risks need to be well calculated. And some of the risk we are being thrown into as a country seems closely linked to being emotional rather than rational.

I have been privileged enough through my life to have experienced, worked and lived alongside our diverse nation, and through this experience, have been able to better understand and take a holistic view point on the issues faced by our nation. Interestingly, by simply having many conversations at dinner tables, braais and sporting events there has been a common thread. They are as follows;

1. There are still many South Africans that strongly support the Mandela legacy of a rainbow nation that is unified, work alongside each other for a common goal of economic progression and are proudly South African regardless of race, culture or upbringing.
2. There is a new uprising of wanting to correct the wrongs of the past regardless of the impact it will have on society, the economy or the brand of our nation.

3. The fearful youth that feel that they don't have a future in a country that is growingly ousting those that are white, educated or foreign, either through radical policies or violence.

4. Contributing tax payers are growingly frustrated by the corruption that has brought our economy to its knees but yet politicians are using alarming language and agendas to excuse themselves of any wrong doing.

Mr President, something needs to be done, and fast, something needs to change before it's too late. That something, Mr President is to tap into the nation's call of unity, prosperity and equal opportunities for all who live in our beautiful country. We all want to play our part but these political, divisive war games that you and the other political leaders are occupied by is wasting precious time in turning this nation into a nation of nations. We are leaderless, Mr President, we don't have clarity as a nation.

Next time you make a call for us to stay, it would be valuable to include the "why", so that we all better understand what the promised land looks like.

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