South Africa is now a Kingdom Pretending to be a Republic

2017-03-31 18:20

If It Looks Like a Duck, Swims Like a Duck, and Quacks Like a Duck— It Had to Be a Duck. South Africa looks like a kingdom. If it looks like a kingdom then it had to be a kingdom.

What does the ordinary life looks like in a kingdom? In a kingdom actions are driven by a vindictive agenda. In a kingdom instruments of power for the people are turned around to serve one person or small group of people. In a kingdom power is used to reward friends and victimize foes, perceived or real. In a kingdom anything what is done is done in the name of the king - long live the king, and let the rest be scorned.  In a kingdom leaders don’t take responsibility for their failings. How can they take responsibility when they are seized by a sense of entitlement? In a kingdom a king reduces, bend the country to the size of his desires and interests, the cultivation of personal aggrandizement at the expense of the larger society.

Anyone who stand in the way is made to swim with the fishes.

For the king in a kingdom there a two types of subjects / citizens. Those who deify the king, and are rewarded with plum jobs and graces, and those who didn’t—because they are too familiar with his foibles and limitations to mistake him for a god—and are placed at the receiving end of the king’s scorns.

In a kingdom, the country is run like a sole proprietor.

I have always wondered why the president among all the neighboring states he is fond of Swaziland and King Mswati. It is because Swaziland is a kingdom and that is what he needs. You are known by the company you keep. President Nelson Mandela was fond of Mozambique because he could identify himself with Frelimo and Samora Machele as a freedom fighter. President Thabo Mbeki was fond of Robert Mugabe because he could identify himself with the Africanist outlook of Mugabe. And the current president among all the six neighboring states (Botswana Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Lesotho) he is too close to King Mswati.

King Mswati's personal networth is about R3 Billion. He has gotten this wealth while the country's treasury is empty. In 2011 he came to South Africa begging to be given R2 Billion. And he was given that money. To do what? What has he done with the money - are they tangible benefits for Swazis? The IMF could not give him a loan because of his corruption. And he came to South Africa and (no problem) he was handed the money.

In a kingdom the subjects are overwhelmed by the personal escapades of the king and his close circle of lieutenants, that their senses are so brutalized that they are immune. Because the king rules with a martial minset the subjects are scared to act. All they can do is to talk. That is to say, in all the talks nothing is done. Their power is only limited to talking (tweeting) and that is the end of the story.

But this story is set to have a second part. The second part of the story is the Kings friends. The friends of the king are powerful and they wreck havoc and they simply don’t care. Why should they? South Africa is today the feast as well as the venue for vultures.

Let me conclude with this wise quote from some brilliant African:

"But the facts cannot be denied. Africa is being ceaselessly ravaged by the political class, because “We-The People” are all sleeping on our responsibilities of conscientiously disobeying these tyrants and rising to repossess our land and heritage. Our pettiness empowered the rise of midget tyrants across our continent. That is to say that whenever a society is governed by the 'organized irresponsibility' of a clique of renegades, the timid acquiescence of the majority gave it its legitimacy. And when this becomes the case, such a society becomes an unwitting witness to the inauguration of its own decay. It consumes itself, in the heat of its own unwisdom". - Dr. Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh -  Director, African Department and Board Member of the Governing Council at International Society for Human Rights - ?International Society for Human Rights - Germany.

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