Friends & Friction | Harness new social forces to build the nation we want

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History will be kindest to those who know how to harness these new social forces and create a paradise on Earth, writes Muzi Kuzwayo. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
History will be kindest to those who know how to harness these new social forces and create a paradise on Earth, writes Muzi Kuzwayo. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

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Go big. The future of South Africa demands it. For centuries, our forebears fought for liberation to make sure that we could build a country where all were equal before the law and everyone had equal access to opportunities.

We are living in a damaged paradise of a promise that has not been kept – 25 million people are unemployed and 30 million live below the poverty line.

This is a crisis that creates buyer’s remorse. Life is getting harder, people are becoming poorer as the selfishness of the leaders suffocates the country like a breath that has escaped through the back orifice, and it is pushing democracy on to a volcanic precipice.

The impostors who have hijacked the heritage of our heroes cannot stop the seismic wave of social change that is sweeping across the continent.

Countless people have made too many sacrifices for this country to fail. If ever there was something that is “too precious to fail”, South Africa is it.

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The ocean has split asunder, its tall walls of water have breached the skies that protected us from everything but ourselves. Only we can take ourselves back to the Pharaonic pain of humiliation and hunger.

But we must refuse that foolish reversal and instead prove once and for all that the government of the people by the people for the people will thrive in South Africa as easily as the bird of paradise because it is the means to peace and progress.

The impostors who have hijacked the heritage of our heroes cannot stop the seismic wave of social change that is sweeping across the continent.

The wretched and the vain, with their deep and empty souls that have become landfills of tastelessness, should not be allowed to slither their way to self-enrichment at the expense of our children.

The world will not remember us. Our tombstones – if our children care to honour us – will succumb to the harsh African sun and the sands of merciless whirlwinds until the words on the graphite stones have been erased, while our skulls smile uncontrollably six feet down in the insatiable earth.

That our fate is ordained – that we too shall perish – should not stop us from doing our work. That the petals of the rose today are the manure of tomorrow does not stop the rose from blooming and performing its duty of warming the heart. And so, like the rose, you yourself must bloom and perform your duty of making South Africa a promised land.

Even though the maggots may have the final say on all that is flesh, we dare not surrender to the two-legged serpents that spit the abhorrent poison of hatred and deceit.

If we must be insulted and ridiculed; if we must perish at the paws of these inglorious dogs and their rabid snouts; if we must fall and our legs kick the last kick while our blood froths at our mouths, oozing into the soil to nourish it for future generations, then let us fall with grace so that even the serpents may respect us.

Their days are numbered and they know it. Every pulse of their cold hearts carries with it a pound of fear. Their arrogance has deserted them and their minstrel show has ceased to draw applause.

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Like flies, they sat on everything, ate everything. They tried to eat even the Venus flytrap and now they have lost their buzz. Soon they will be devoured and digested.

Our children will not scatter across the continents again. They have a home that we must all build, make comfortable and turn into a paradise of equality, progress and prosperity, where the politics of distraction, demonisation and deceit has no place.

In his book titled Beyond Left and Right: The Future of Radical Politics, Anthony Giddens writes about the emergence of new social forces that are not confined to politics.

The forces are also in business, religion and all of society. History will be kindest to those who know how to harness these new social forces and create a paradise on Earth.

Kuzwayo is the founder of Ignitive,an advertising agency


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