More questions than answers

2016-03-09 06:00

WITH the current turn of political debates, opposing views and state of affairs, I got to ask myself a very important question: Were we given freedom or did we settle for democracy?

Who did the negotiated settlement benefit more and how can we be proud of a compromised freedom? Did we really achieve all that was entailed in the Freedom Charter? Why did the ruling party fail to implement the Freedom Charter when it enjoyed the two-thirds majority during Thabo Mbeki’s first tenure?

Did Asciisa, the Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear) and the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) really benefit the marginalised or was it just programmes to enrich cadres who could not be absorbed by government?

Can we really stand and be proud of the achievements we as a country has achieved or could we have achieved more should we have been more involved and held the officials to count?

Is political affiliation equal to political bankruptcy as we see cadres not questioning anything and being robust in their debates, but subjecting themselves to nepotism, corruption and unfair tender procurements?

Did we really do all we could to get rid of racism and white privilege or did we just sell the idea of a rainbow nation to South Africans and now the cracks are starting to show?

Are our universities accessible to the marginalised and are conditions favourable?

Are we really free or are we living in a country where democracy only serves those who are politically connected and can we say the electorate understands how powerful their activism and votes are?

I asked myself all these questions as we heard of the municipal elections later in the year and I wonder if we are still going to be lied to, promises made, free blankets and dustbins given and food parcels handed out to poor communities? Or are we going to vote with a clear mind, conviction and resolve?

I still say it is not yet Uhuru and Africa has not risen yet.

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