Burn, Oh South Africa, in the hands of those who fought for you!

2013-02-07 05:48

Its 2013. Yet another year we can resplendently add to the many that we have gone through; feasting and joyful ever more in December and on the 1st of January, merely thankful for life and being part of this world we live in. 2012 had been a great year, even though its own bag was so woefully packed with a resonant amount of misfortunes and gloomy days. She folded over, not so serenely, but we did say our goodbyes. We made it through, and we made it through with a smile.

It is unfortunate though that the excitement is forever short-lived. We never get the chance to bask in the reminiscences of all the Christmas parties, the braais with family and friends, or the scintillating sky as fireworks sweep across from every corner on New Year’s Eve.

Politics tends to wipe that smile off your face so fast you never get the chance to turn it into laughter. It dissipates, automatically.

But why, I ask myself so many a times. The answers always seem to evade me.

Why has the love gone sour? Why has the country turned upside down; vigorously spewing its own people into darkness? Why has food gone bad in people’s mouths and why so much anger in everyone’s hearts?

A few weeks back we watched as Sasolburg turned into Syria in a blink of an eye. We witnessed in utter shock as a beautiful city was almost turned into a ghost town in a matter of days. Man, women, children; everyone going berserk at the height of a strike that was triggered by municipal demarcation issues. Lives were lost. Property was turned into ashes. The “hunter became the hunted”; as we saw police officers fleeing their station, afraid to fall prey to a throng of ‘blood-hungry’ protesters.

If I had to dig up the Farm Protests, I wouldn’t be doing much justice to my heart and mind, or yours either. The pain is just too much. No man deserves to live like this. No farmer, worker, businessman, police officer or anyone else for that matter, deserves to die in the way people in South Africa are dying: dying without a cause, without a reason or consequence. Some are even dying because of their skin colour.

The country is burning, ladies and gentleman, and it is burning in the hands of those who claim to have fought for it. It is so unfortunate that it seems those who can see and feel the heat from the smouldering flames are those guardedly clustered on the peripheries of political circles and administrative precincts. It is hot; too disheartening to watch yet so significant it will leave tears in your eyes as you wonder what will be left of this beautiful country when all has vanished without a trace.

It has only been 19 odd years, but it leaves you wondering whether the country will be able to see another decade before turning over and crumbling down in distress. Will the country be able to withstand these hushed political upheavals gnawing at its core every day? Will these protests simply remain protests, or will they one day turn into a genocide; wiping out every minute scrap of potential that ever existed in South Africa, not forgetting the diverse racial groupings that make up the Rainbow Nation?

How about somebody somewhere took heed to the cries of the people?

If I were to write all my questions down, I would never get to the epilogue of this piece. They are vast, diverse, confusing, heartfelt and forevermore intricate.

But I would certainly love to find the answers with each and every one of you; because from what I see, the answers are not within the political circles. There is nothing for ‘us’ there.

These answers are in you and me. Let’s help each other find these solutions to Mzansi’s problems before it’s too late.

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