Freedom for Some (is Freedom for None)

2014-04-30 06:50

Jonas Gwangwa once said, “Freedom for some is freedom for none”. I tend to agree, with this statement fully. After 20 years of freedom, our goals as a nation has changed. Once unified for one purpose, now separated by an individual's need to gain.

Everybody needs to know that this country is full of promise and potential. Yet, the only way to unlock its full potential is to work together. Also, to be of the mind-set, that it is not about personal gain but rather the betterment of the country, as a whole. WE need to let go of the past, and move forward in making this country great.

The fundamental issue, is the education system in South Africa.  It is shocking, how low the standard of education is, in comparison with other countries. Our goal should be to work towards a better education system and to have a crime free country, where every individual is given a chance to live a life free of poverty.  Instilling education would make us all equipped with the right skills to be great leaders and citizens.

AS the youth of this country, we tend to forget that one day we are going to have a seat in parliament. Being responsible, for making the decisions needed, for a better South Africa. We are laid back and selfish, as we only think of how we are going to make, ourselves rich one day. Instead of planning, how we can improve the communities we live in. People died, they were shot, killed, stabbed and injected with e-coli and all sorts of diseases so that we could exercise our fundamental rights to choose who leads the country! Not voting would be shameful.

I want to live in a country where success is seen as a country’s, achievement and not just by individuals. I want to live in a country where, 6 year olds don’t get raped violently. A country where potholes aren’t conveniently fixed every 5 years, 2 months before elections.  A country where transparency is key and hypocritical behaviour is eliminated and racial consciousness is abolished. A country where my children’s morals, are not subject to change because society is lenient to persecute injustice. I want to live in the South Africa that Madiba fought for, not this joke that he died in.

I know this does not, all boil down to your responsibilities. But you play a vital role.

Service delivery is not a phrase, to be pasted onto election boards. To reel more votes in, but it should be a daily priority in rural and urban areas.

People are living in houses made of, scrap metal. While our president’s wives, wear pieces of precious metals, to the value of hundreds of thousands.  Almost a third of our country, is living below the poverty line.

Clearly affirmative action strategies are not working.

I’d like to remember SA, as a country which managed to rise from the ashes to become a full self-sustaining, first world country.

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