A ‘Closed Letter’ to my Comrades (Open for who?)

2013-07-05 11:08

Dear Comrades

I hope you are all well.

I would have gladly communicated with you via our usual means of communication, but unfortunately, with the recent spate of spying and intelligence gathering that has been going on around, I feared this message might fall into the wrong hands, and we would find ourselves at loggerheads with the beast. So, I had to choose between the ‘devil and the deep blue sea’. I chose the latter.

Anyway, I have to confess, gentlemen, I feel the ice under our feet is melting apace. Are we running out of choices, or we have certainly hit a dead end? I know I will be ridiculed by most of you for taking such a stance, but someone had to say it.

I no longer feel safe in my own skin.

How long have we been in power, gents? Almost twenty years now, and what have we done? We have accomplished a great deal, yes. But I still feel we could have done even more.

Who remembers the celebrations back in the 90s, when we tasted true freedom under the shining wings of our great leaders, and fellow comrades who we had fought side by side with for majority rule and the end to oppression?

We celebrated a great deal, and truly we will continue to value the fight that we went through all those years. Not to mention our brothers and sisters who never made it to the other side.

I also think it is the day we all need to come clean.

I really feel our path sidetracked somewhere somehow. Did we uphold the promises that we made to the people of the republic, as we had always maintained we will stand by them till the end? Some of them yes, but some never lived to see the light of day. Our hearts have grown weary, gentlemen. Instead of continuing as soldiers of sovereignty, unity and peace, we became soldiers of fortune. But did we wait to get paid? No. Instead, we survived on sucking the blood of our own people.

It is with great sadness that I have to use our friend up North as an example. The brothers and sisters there have lost hope in the systems ‘we’ have been using over the years, Comrades. The thick, black blanket of ‘democracy’ is thick no more. It is losing its strength and texture with each day, and I for one, have been noting this for the past couple of years.

Now, like I said, the upheavals up there should be a wake-up call to all of us. The message is spreading like wildfire, and people on the ground are slowing learning how to say ‘NO’ to oppressive regimes. How long will we remain cushioned by the systems we implemented, gents? I think it won’t be long before someone embarks on an ‘Occupy Something’ campaign again, right here on our shores. It’s becoming an issue of great concern. I personally fear for my well-being.

We can’t even blame Apartheid no more, because everyone can see that for the past couple of years, we have blamed our shortcomings on the aftermath of the Apartheid regime. Harm was done, yes, and a lot of work was needed to put things right. We tried, but I have to say our greed overcame our efforts to better the lives of the masses. I tried blaming Apartheid the other day when I was addressing people in my constituency, and they started asking me that if apartheid was to blame, how come I live in a palace and they don’t. Why is it that I am rich and they are poor, but we came out of the same history? They are noticing things, and we definitely can’t have this, surely.

I cannot even drive around town without someone noticing the fancy car that I’m driven in. Remember the days when we could use the blue light convoy at ease? It is no longer the case gentlemen. You know the uproar that developed after our friend landed his plane at the airport recently. The masses are blind-folded no more, gents. They are demanding answers to questions we don’t know, and sending questions to us on issues we don’t have answers to. We had it all under control, but of late, I feel that our grip is loosening, and it is a matter of time before the roof comes crushing on our heads.

Another issue of concern is the fact that we have political parties sprouting from every corner now. Let’s not forget, the elections are just months away now, and this is certainly not good for business. For our survival, we need all the voters to put the tick next to our name. With these parties massing up support like this, they are a great threat to our dominion. We need to be in power for us to sustain our current lifestyles. I for one cannot even picture myself being driven in anything that is not a BMW, Mercedes Benz, or Range Rover. How will I afford these masterpieces if we lose?

So, I wish we could find a way to consolidate our leadership in every corner of the republic. We can’t afford people running around like rascals, causing uprisings and disturbing the smooth running of our affairs. Failure to that, I foresee danger lurking in the vicinity. We need to take each and every step into the future with great caution.

It is so unfortunate that one of our great Icons is ‘gravely ill’. Most of the things we know today, we all learnt from him. It is surely a sad era that we have to go through this. (Remember, gents, to tell the masses the truth about his situation, now that the ‘vultures’ are upon us)

With that said, please be advised I am also in a state of pandemonium, as I try to decide whether to continue my stay within the caucus, or jump ship and join the newly formed ‘coalitions’.

Well, I will be looking forward to a most favorable response from you my brothers. If you don’t respond, I will understand.  Like they say, “He that would go to sea for pleasure would go to hell for a pastime.”

We all knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road.

Amandla forever Comrades.


Your fellow Comrade in distress.

PS: Remember to guard the contents of this communication jealously, Comrades. It has been, as of this moment, classified as a ‘key national treasure’, and any leak or copyright of any information contained herein would be a threat to ‘National Security’.

DISCLAIMER: The characters contained in this piece are solely, and unequivocally mine. Any resemblance to real or fictional people is strictly by coincidence, or, in this case, part of your imagination. Content in this article was not intended to resemble anyone real and nothing in this story is technically recognized as of yet. Some places, and references in the story might be real, and some might be fictional.


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