Freedom Day yes, but the Country Faces an Odd Future

2017-04-27 06:29

Those who are in the know will quickly recognize that the title of this blog is referenced from the top multi million dollar Los Angeles hip hop rapping group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, (popularly known simply as Odd Future). Earl Sweatshirt is a prominent member of Odd Future, its torch bearer. Earl Sweatshirt's real name is Thebe Kgotsisile, he is the youngest son of Keorapetse Kgotsisile, a heavyweight ANC stalwart, a man who radically reshaped the ANC in many ways, but more importantly he created its Department of Education and Department of Arts and Culture, making the ANC a truly political party in exile ready to lead a complex South Africa. But recently Keorapetse Kgotsisile has found himself critical of the ANC. Many ANC stalwarts have been up in arms disowning the ANC - the current ANC.

In Odd Future I have found something of a perfect handle for what I suggest is a particular South African fact. For sure it is undeniably that the country faces an odd future. The dictionary definition of the word odd is something that is deviating from its essence, deviating from the ordinary, usual, or expected. South Africa has deviated from its great promise and great expectations. Deviated from its founding principles and ethical foundations. The spirit of selflessness exhibited by people like Nelson Mandela, Keorapetse Kgotsisile  and so on has been brutalized and replaced by the money culture.

It is the worsening of a bad taste and malady. This is the country that was born in hope of a greater future, to become a beacon and shining light to the world. But today is lying low and is caught by full blown leprosy. Leprosy attacks the nerves, causing an infection on the skin. Rashes and sores can develop on various areas of the body and cause numbness that leads to deformities. Leprosy literally captures the body leading to it becoming rotten. South Africa faces an odd future because it has been captured, and greed and more greed is the name of the game. We have come to understand the reality of the situation that the notion of state capture goes far deep and wide.

The phrase that is gaining popularity in reference to South Africa is "banana republic". What does the phrase banana republic mean in exact terms? Simply a banana republic is a country that is caught by a miasma of bread and butter politics. The political arena is a huge scramble where politicians are hell bent on converting the State into a huge distribution agency where power and influence are traded for cold cash and all kinds of pleasures. And it is not me saying it. The phrase banana republic is one of the trending phrases in South Africa. I have found more than a million hits on Google referring to South Africa as a banana republic. And this is not said by Europe or America, but South Africans, the true shareholders of the country.

Just recently the country has been rendered junk by global economic indices that matters. A trillion money deal could have been unlawfully spend on a nuclear deal if it was not ordinary South Africans rising up and blocking it through the court systems.

23 years ago on 27 April 1994, all South Africans voted for the first time. And so the 27 April of every year is a holiday, it is called Freedom Day. Should we celebrate as the country has deviated from its founding principles? Celebrate yes, but we know the mood is far from celebratory. South Africa indeed faces an odd future. Anyone who does not believe that the country faces an odd future is being hoodwinked by the Weird Sisters as Macbeth was hoodwinked by them to his own demise and destruction.

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