I shan't be an obedient South African

2013-06-30 06:47

A while ago I read the story of Albrecht Haushofer, a professor of geopolitics in Berlin who, at the height of Nazism kept his mouth shut till he saw his colleagues being dragged away. Then he came out publicly against the Nazis, and he was imprisoned and shortly before he was executed he was given an opportunity to confess.  Seizing that opportunity this is what survives him.

His last words were :

"I am guilty,

But not in the way you think.

I should have earlier recognized my duty;

I should have more sharply called evil evil;

I reined in my judgment too long.

I did warn,

But not enough, and clear;

And today I know what I was guilty of."

I shan't become an obedient South African but that doesn't mean I am not a loyal and patriotic one.

I recall Nelson Mandela inform us in 1994 that if the ANC led government did what the Nats did to us under apartheid then we had the right to overthrow the ANC at the ballots. We have a bouquet of political parties to chose from but admittedly they're minnows which prefer in scrappy politics instead of becoming agents of change. This is the ticket the ANC originally stood for but since 1994 we have seen corruption in the ascendency. Dr Mamphela Ramphele's Agang posits itself as the promised messiah although its good on ideas but poor on a credible plan of how to get those ideas achieved.

I shan't be an obedient South African.I strongly oppose the style of governance of the ANC and whilst I respect and support Tembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo , the head of the Tembu Royal House , who News24 reports having said last week that the ANC "had lost its way and had pushed corrupt leaders to the top " I wouldn't jump ship like he plans to join the DA. I would vocally vehemently oppose the ANC and use my position as the influential head to become an agent of change.

I see many of our country's flowers wilt and die in the cloying heat of incompetency nurtured by opportunists and corrupt people who feed on the banquet of power relegated all else as waiters in the feast. Many of our born frees will be voting for the first time in 2014. Their future lies in their capacity to grasp the truth that they can become agents of change just as their 1976 mentors took charge of their destiny to find us here today.

In the fading light of my days, I shan't go quietly either . Like Albrecht Haushofer I am prepared to publicly sacrifice all that I hold dear to inspire and bring about change that benefits all South African.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

@jazlaw24

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