Frankly my dear, I DO give a damn!

2012-09-26 15:19

As most of the ‘economic freedom fighters’ placed all their hopes in Malema’s sack, I cannot articulate more fervently how his alleged money laundering charges are a scathing indictment of flawed leadership in South Africa.

Obviously I do not believe that leadership is an appropriate vocation nor avocation for the populist, but the continued attempts to silence him cannot be disregarded.

We all witnessed how he sold dreams to impressionable miners and militants, almost encouraging them to continue striking and as a consequence losing money daily, free from their immediate struggle, mainly being each worker returning to their impoverished families with nothing more than the possibility of an increase in wages. You may argue that the negotiations had a positive outcome because the worker did eventually get the increment, but this consensus was reached sans Malema.

The issue of his political prospect is still debatable. Members of the Friends of the Youth League are constantly exercising their hallucinogenic traits by inflating the number of supporters in attendance at their gatherings. One thing is quite visible; the numbers are declining and as memorable as Malema speeches are, his ability to call upon large crowds suffers constant blows.

It has become a kind of motif, for considerably ‘influential’ ANC figures to face legal troubles when ill-favored by the party. The regression of the availability of suitable, committed leaders has left us standing at a choice between ‘White  Santa’ and ‘Black Santa’. The cosmetic criteria we often use when voting (are they black enough? Are they poor enough? Will they have an interest in fighting for the needs of workers,blah,blah,blah) makes the possibility of electing or nominating suitable leaders even more distant. I say take a glance at the leaders we have now, clearly voting isn’t our strength.

Open to attack from devout ANC supporters, who spend half a year campaigning for leaders and the next five years complaining about how magnificent the opposition would have been. Classic SA! A nation filled with compunction and an undeniable sense of the messiah mentality.  This particular sense of saving from our conditions has always fuelled leaders such as the expelled ANCYL president and as result, created the political climate of today.

I’ve always prided myself of being blessed with a robust constitution, which till recently, has found me laboring under the illusion that I have a say in the leaders afforded to me. So it was a punch in the stomach when Sindiso Magaqa’s stood before us and declared that whether we like it or not, Malema is the future of this country. Dismissively I thought to turn away because this is an airhead populist after all, but I realized that it does matter that I care. The challenges faced by South Africa go beyond leadership; they start with the ordinary citizen.

Continuance to support a movement out of loyalty that results in fraud, corruption and the inability for the state to meet the service delivery needs of the very people it claims to represent will be destruction of our free society. It serves no purpose ranting and raving about it, but the window of opportunity will remain closed as we anticipate the ensemble of leaders (some even more damaged than the current leadership) that will be shoved down our throats post Manguang. The minute availability of strong opposition will create a ruling party so complacent and the only remedy for the ones in contention will be the Malema’s of the world. Perhaps there is method to Magaqa’s madness after all.

South Africans must examine its way of choosing its leaders, and must learn from the lessons of the past. Personally, I believe Malema seems to represent what’s bad about the leadership in South Africa. As a young person, I am petrified by the possibility that all we’ve got is the significant influence of such radical leadership, where rationale is continuously negated but the promises keep mounting.

Spin, Spin the wheels of justice and see how fast the bastard turns!

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