We must still find direction

2016-03-24 06:00
Mandla Klanisi

Mandla Klanisi

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South Africa today is a place where the older generation of all race seem to have normalized some of the injustices of the past. They are not brave enough to face them. The issue of Land reform, is just one of them.

Undeniably, the transition from an apartheid state to a democratic dispensation is a remarkable historical moment.

Blood was shed in the quest to free the African masses.

I salute those who laid down their lives so that the rest of us could be free today. To enjoy the freedoms that were usurped at the point of a gun.

On a positive note, within 22 years of democracy, huge developments have taken place in our country, and these include social, economic and political participation by the formerly oppressed.

However, now the leaders, especially from the older generation, need to implement radical transformation.

In my view, they seem to lack drive or rather trapped in the older economic system that continues to benefit the “white” community.

Capitalism is just one of them. Radical transformation in this context speaks to restorative justice.

The foundation of democracy and human rights in South Africa should be the restoration of what was done wrong by the apartheid system.

Is democracy practical if we bypass the sins of the past? Let’s restore first, then the concept of democracy and human rights can be applied in the administration of the nation going forward.

The current radical movements of which mostly “black” students are engaged in, the post Rhodes must fall # Fees must fall.

These are the results of the symptoms of the shortcomings which the leaders are failing or delaying to address in this democratic era.

Justice has not taken place in South Africa. Practically, who is owning huge percentages of the land in this country.

Who is owning the mineral resources of this land? Who is living in the most beautiful places of this land? are the forced removals of people from their original places being reversed.

These are practically factual characteristics of past injustices being carried through even today. How much of an effort do the leaders make in trying to reverse these injustices?

Now racial tensions are emerging in South Africa. This is not a surprise to me.

The foundation of a “rainbow” nation is should have been based on restorative justice. It seems like it is expected of African people to just forget and move on.

How is this possible if injustices of the past are made to live with us in the present.

Is social cohesion possible in our context if the foundation argued here is not laid. It seems the journey to freedom our late comrades fought for still continues.

How can people heal from the evils of Apartheid, if its legacy is deliberately left out of the discussion about the future.

This is a inter-generational trauma and pain. This manifests its self in the minds of the young.

The question is what will it take to put an end to all the injustices of apartheid South Africa. Was our blood shed in vain.

Restorative actions need to take place within the context of present day South Africa. Otherwise, speaking of united nation or rainbow nation is all but an illusion that will come back to haunt us.

This is far from being practical unless radical steps are taken to bring transformation in this country. Otherwise, it will be like sailing in a rudderless ship in stormy waters. The struggle continues…

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