Let Your People Go!

2016-04-03 08:41

The Bible might be the genesis of the story, but Steven Spielberg brought it to life with the iconic movie The Prince of Egypt. If you haven’t seen this classic, go do so, because although it is the story of the Children of Israel and their fight for freedom from the Egyptian Pharaoh, it is shockingly familiar when viewed from a South African perspective.

Plagues and all.

It took ten plagues to force Pharaoh to set free the slaves. And when he finally chose to do so, his country was left in ruins. You might not have engaged the Bible since Sunday School (back in the Eighties), but you have to be familiar with the tale that involved the plague of “Darkness” way before Eskom was even on the scene. Way before it was a twinkle in the country’s eye, as it were.

At first I thought that South Africa had suffered from the “Tender Plagues” but then, as I began to jot them down, I realized that indeed we have our very own set.

We have seen them all.

- Blood; think Marikane, farm killings and a murder rate that would make Isis blush.

- Stupidity; Whereas this was not a classic biblical plague, it was left off in error and will be re introduced at the next Revisions as soon as that is available.

- Corruption. (This can also be known as the South African New Testament).

- Arrogance (as perfected by the ANC)

- Greed (see above, below, and everything in between).

- Darkness (see Eskom above).

- Pestilence (thanks Pikitup).

- The plague of the Guptas; formerly known as the Schabir Shaiks.

- Nkandla; the Lost Palace of the King, or is it the Palace that Lost the King?

- Ignorance; because we really believe that “oops” the President and the whole of the ANC didn’t realize that when he was instructed to pay back the money, what the Public Protector actually meant was that he should pay back the money. It was all really just a big misunderstanding, darnit. Because no one is a Saint. And why on earth didn’t the EFF just tell him to #payback the money if they understood that that was what the Public Protector meant all along. Gosh.

South Africa has suffered a multitude of plagues, and now it is time for the Despot to set his people free. Only it is he should go and not those he has enslaved.

I happen to have watched the Prince of Egypt (again) the with my daughter (I think we are onto 34 viewings so far). And although the genius of the creativity impresses me every time (although when we got to the 17th viewing it did wane slightly), the song of the Ten Plagues had me sitting bolt upright in my chair. I might even have put my cell phone aside.

“Once I called you brother.

Once I thought the chance to make you laugh,

Was all I ever wanted” (no comment on the laughing thing),

“And now I wish that God had chosen another.”

“This was my home.

All this pain and devastation.

How it tortures me inside.

All the innocents who suffer

From your stubbornness and pride.”

Because it is indeed stubbornness and pride, both of the President and the ANC who no doubt understand that they have to recall the man, and that not doing so is dishonest, arrogant, selfish and irresponsible. Not doing so will continue South Africa on the path to destruction inviting plagues that we cannot yet imagine.

Very simply. If the NEC and the ANC are unable to answer one simple question then they have no choice but to recall the man.

- If the President of the Country doesn’t need to obey and respect the laws of the country, then why should anyone?

Why does any South African need to show more respect to the law than the President or the ruling party? And let’s be clear, saying “I made a mistake” doesn’t cut it. The prisons are full of people who would say the same.

The days of the Zuma Presidency are numbered. I believe this and I have faith that it will happen. But it needs to be actioned with immediacy. The ANC and the NEC need to recall the President. They need to set their people free.

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