1976-2015 Don't be fooled.We have a civil war in the offing

2015-03-31 21:06

In 1976, it was the student movement that set the agenda for change because their fathers were effete in their endeavours to liberate SA. 21 years into democracy once again, because of crime and corruption that has hobbled the movement towards freedom in the true sense, it's students who set the agenda daring to take government to task for its failure to address why SA remains the most unequal society in the world. So.......

This was no April Fools joke when people living in informal settlements like Kennedy Road took to violence disrupting traffic and holding road users to ransom.A few road users were robbed of their possessions at gun point.

It was and it still remains no April Fools joke when students at UCT and UKZN took it upon themselves to initiate moves to remove statues and monuments of colonialists.

I have seen similar symptoms in the run up to 1976 and when Inanda exploded in 1985 with hit and run riots and as I lived close to that area I was able to observe the palpalable tension and simmering anger and frustration being played out on  'the other' and when 1976 exploded I saw the horror that still haunts me.

What is happening similarly resonates to both eras and I would not trash the possibility. So here is what I believe.

I believe we are in the throes of, or alternatively experiencing the birth pangs , a  civil war which the government of President Zuma has been responsible for because 21 years into our democracy people have no homes, jobs, educational and health facilities that serve a purpose underwritten by the Constitution.

Food security does not exist.Don't be fooled by sweet mutterings of discredited leaders in high office.

Our economy is in a mess.When ratings agencies downgrade Eskom to junk status and when labour federations start to implode it's time for a full revolution and the expulsion of foreigners from Isipingo as reported in the Daily News ('Foreigners Driven Out':31.3.2015) is a manifestation of this.

Solution? Its long, long overdue but as I repeatedly called for in the media as well as on this platform, I suggest that Premier Senzo Mchunu and his government initiate a civil society driven TRC type engagement between civilians unless government fears peoples' power. We the people have enough of an arrogant central government that is perceived of pillaging the public purse through damages claim payouts to the tune of R3 billion in 2014 as a result of medical negligence. At R30,000 apiece that money could have built at least 100,000 RDP homes, homes that those who took to the streets in Springfield feel they are entitled to.

We need to address why is it that members in the Public Service aure scheduled to go on strike for increases they are entitled to and for moneys that are being used to fund the profligacy that has driven informal settlements residents to embark on violent action such as what we have witnessed recently especially in the Springfield area.

Come on Premier Mchunu , do the right thing.

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