Living a lie enfeebles our minds

2017-11-02 06:00
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Our democracy was ushered in by way of negotiations, and as these go, compromises are an inherent part of round table talks.

With all the compromises one needed to always keep checks and balances as to how far these were going to impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the country.

As we approach the third decade of the fruits of that supposedly well intended negotiated settlement, all around me seems to be a fuzzy lie.

Can we honestly look around us and say with all intents and purposes that we have made great strides in achieving a better life for all.

To be fair to all and sundry, democracy has brought a modicum of decency in our lives, but my challenge stands.

Was the Struggle worth it, you may ask after some sober assessment.

Some may have a different political take on these, but, he who feels it, knows it.

Living the lie that everything is fine in our country will only bring more misery and a woeful life of existence.

Many would have thought that by now our fortunes as the previously disadvantaged masses would have changed for the better, instead, misery is etched on the faces of millions of our country men and women, thanks to the compromises that weighed in favour of our ‘former’ oppressors.

Thus: Our places of work have become havens of inequalities, with our people experiencing probably some of the worst form of exploitation that side of the counter.

Employment equity is supposed to have made great strides against inequality in the workplace.

Instead, employers are reaping the fruits of toothless legislation meant to protect employees.

The recent march by white farmers in our cities is a clear indication that they are living in a country far, far away from reality.

They believe that apartheid South Africa still exists, and they are the superior race.

It is a shame to know that in our country there are still no go areas for Blacks. We all face the scourge of crime daily, yet some believe that crime is worst in them than others. We need to free themselves from the shackles of living a lie and start speaking out and making sure that we address issues.

The lie or pretence we have embraced is surely making a mockery of what a free people should be. Let us try and speak out against any threat that seeks to undermine our well-being, because we will never realize true democracy.

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