My Thoughts On South Africa In 67 Minutes.

2015-07-20 11:02

[On Saturday the 18th of July, as my part in the contribution towards the Nelson Mandela Day REQUEST TO OFFER 67 MINUTES of one’s time towards the benefit of others, I wrote a 67 MINUTE article on 'my thoughts on South Africa' - the very Rainbow Nation founded by Mandela et al. Here goes:

I think South Africa has come a long way since the democratic elections of 1994. At that time we all thought we were truly free for the first time since colonialism. We were very clueless in terms of global politics.

I don’t think Mandela was a sell-out. He just wasn’t as tough as everyone thought he was. He and his generation could only take the struggle up to so far. What more can we do now, with the little extra freedom of movement we have, over all the generations before us.

I think our leaders were not honest with us. I believe they were overwhelmed into giving us a misleading impression of freedom when in fact we were far from it – in the deep end for that matter. We were given a false impression of a reconciliatory rainbow nation when in fact our former oppressors were far from repentant and reconciliatory.

I think some people only appreciate the legacy of Nelson Mandela for the mere fact that they were absolved from their barbaric crimes, and not because they are truly repentant and remorseful. I think the people who really matter, who had the muscle to transform our country, were not that keen about reconciliation.

I think Mandela was let down by the white society, which loved him for selfish reasons, in so far as them not being punished and keeping their ill earned wealth and status. I don’t think we can ever progress as a previously divided society so long as some people do not acknowledge the callous nature of their conquest, and concede they are perhaps not as divinely as they are portrayed by history and the media.

I think South Africa has the potential to be a winning nation, with a healthy middle class and a business sense not centred on profit but service. I don’t suppose we are being progressive by bragging about how many millionaires we have in our country, when those very millions are generated at the expense of fellow workers.

I think South Africa still has a covertly racist and Patriarchal outlook in its national psyche – a false and misleading mentality which has crawled through our transformation into freedom and democracy. Our media tends to be highly vociferous when it comes to addressing corruption in government, but hardly ever makes a hiss about the enormous level of corruption in the white dominated private sector.

As I said, South Africa has the potential to be one of the most progressive nations on the continent, but is regrettably being led by absolutely insincere people, in both the public and private sectors. We are barely a nation which can carve its own path into a prosperous future and more like a province of the ruthless globalists and their larger than life multi-nationals.

South Africa is not succeeding now in terms of economics because it has sought to transform on a political scale while ignoring the crucial economic and social factors. A more socialist and Nationalist approach would have made more sense in addressing the hostile imbalances and devastations of the past.

There is a disturbing tendency by a small minority to cling to the very roots of the great tree of supremacy, whose destruction was supposed to be our collective effort. The denial-ism that comes with the ruling white class and its desperation to maintain a decomposed creed that should never have stood in the first place is a serious obstacle in the actual progress of our nation.

Our black majority has compromised so much in observing the conciliatory ideals championed by the likes of Nelson Mandela, but this act has not proven effective in terms of the other half (10%) coming to the party. The black majority wastes precious time extending a hand of appeasement to a rich minority, which seems to think it has all the time in the world to consider its options.

Equally, the black majority has alarmingly taken to the adoration and adoption of an extravagant and capitalist culture in coming out of centuries of colonial domination, both economically and socially. As black people we have abandoned the humanist ideologies which defined and shaped our cherished African culture, and have adopted barbaric and divisive western methods of commerce.

I think we should now consider reorganising ourselves around the objective of an inclusive and yet productive economy. We should be careful of outside forces dictating to us on economic and social matters, when it is pretty clear that no country out there is actually getting the grips of government right.

Our debt is almost 45% of our GDP, but considering that the most leading nations in the world like USA and France have a debt of about 100% (Japan 230%), we are not that bad actually. I think we should therefore work together to develop one another and our resource-rich nation, rather than exploit and undermine each other.

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