2014-11-28 11:37

How can I, young as I am and a true African patriot, a citizen of a beloved country like Azania (South Africa) – our only hope on the African continent and a country that has the potential to greatly contribute to the economic growth of Africa – support a government designed solely for self-centered individuals and not for all the people?

We are exploited and misused by the same people who promised us a better life for all. It is sad to use the names and ideas of Steve Bantu Biko, Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli, Soll Plaatjie, Robert Sobukwe, Chris Hani, Sabelo Phama, Oliver Tambo, Steve Tshwete, Joe Slovo, Solomon Mahlangu, Tsietsi Mashinini, Onkgopotse Tiro, Vuyelwa Mashalaba, Lillian Ngoyi, Mama Tambo, Mama Sisulu, and many more unsung brave men and women and other liberation martyrs for personal ambitions, gains and so forth, while the world once they belong to has not changed much, especially in this country. People are still poor and it is worsening, yet passing of our struggle martyrs left void that will take years and centuries to fill because our political leaders have let us down.

I am angry because those who celebrate our liberation martyrs do so in the hallowed halls of high institutions with cocktail glasses in their hands and none of them espouses the ideas of a free democratic society that shares community values and respect for human dignity. There are no practical community programmes for communities that speak directly to the issues in which they are faced with and be able to be self-reliant, and become entrepreneurs who will contribute to the country’s economy. I long for a time and day when the sons and daughters of our occupied Azania and nation will follow Steve Biko’s conviction practically by doing more to create community programmes from business, education, to agricultural sector to help themselves rather than working for salve masters. This broken country misses the liberation martyrs so much, since they left; we have nothing to cling on and call our own. This Country longs of philosophers of their caliber. We are so very poor in so many ways, psychologically, intellectually, economically and otherwise.

I don’t understand why the majority of people in occupied Azania are still optimistic that change will be for the better. In spite of the hopes for better Entrepreneurial opportunities, Education, Water & Sanitation, Housing, Schools, Roads, Sport and Recreational facilities, Clinics and primary health care, while hospitals across the country are in dire situation.

Lets be realistic here, our government has failed us, and Ma-Afrika, time has come that we show our government that we have been very patient for years and we are not willing to just watch and pretend we don’t exist any more. We must all rise and demand quality and better service delivery as we use to stand. I should not forget to say that black middle class has forgotten us while swimming in the luxury brought by the very oppressors of this land. But 21 years later, we must face the tragic fact that the poor are still poor. 21 years later, the life of the poor is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. 21 years later, the Poor lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. 21 years later, the Poor are still suffering in the corners of South African society and finds themselves in exile in their own territory.

How can I then Support a government that is led by corrupt, crooks and fraudster men and women that took our people for granted for more than 20 years, and used them for their own political and economic ends. A Government organized and conducted solely for self-centered individuals that give the society a short life span. This imperils the survival of everyone in the country; it even imperils those who attempt it. History is full of such governmental deaths.

Resistance to such governments usually just brings on more violence. But one can raise his voice in caution when such abuses are taking place. And one need not actively support such a government; it is yet possible, by simply withdrawing one’s cooperation, to bring about an eventual reform.  There are several governments in the world that are failing only because their people express their silent disagreement by simply not cooperating. These governments are at risk: any untimely wind of mischance could blow them over.

On the other hand, where a government is obviously working hard for ALL its people, rather than for some special interest group or insane dictator, one should support it to the limit. I think we should have a subject called “government.” In schools, mostly it should teach “civics” which is merely how the current organization is put together. The real subject would solely focus on various headings: political economy, political philosophy, political power, etc. The whole subject of “government” and how to govern can be quite precise, almost a technical science. If one is interested in having a better government, one that does not cause trouble, one should suggest it be taught at earlier ages in schools; one can also read up on it: it is not a very difficult subject if you look up the big words.

It is, after all, the people and their own opinion leaders who sweat and fight and bleed for their country. A government cannot bleed, it cannot even smile: it is just an idea men have. It is the individual person who is alive—you.

The way to a better life for all is hard to be achieved when shadowed with the oppression of dictatorship. A benevolent government, designed and run for ALL the people, has been known to smooth the way: when such transpire, it deserves support.

God Bless Azania!

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