The ANC is dead, sunk and gone, who will Save South Africa?

2017-05-18 04:21

One night, just before the First World War could begin in 1914, Sir Edward Grey, the British Foreign Secretary, a sensible and unemotional man, looked outside his office window in London and said: The lights are going out all over Europe, and we shall never see them lit again in our lifetime.

And so in reference to the anarchy and misery and darkness around South Africa, we may say the same thing with Sir Edward Grey: The lights are going out all over South Africa, and we shall never see them lit again in our lifetime.

What caused the 30 year war in Europe (1914 to 1944/5, First World War and the Second World War) was because of the germination and subsequent rise of fascism. It took great men like Winston Churchill to get rid of fascism and lit the lights again in Europe. Who will at this time save South Africa from this darkness and misery around all of us? Who will come and banish the darkness around and lit the lights again?

Whether you believe it or not, the ANC is dead, sunk and gone. And with that the country is turning into something monstrous, horrendous and horrific. You have to imagine the reach and scale of the ANC first to come to understand the effects from its fall. This was the movement of the people in the true sense of that word. To millions of people the ANC was a religio, the common belief that bonded society together. For more than a century the ANC was a sacred movement that offered sacraments. It colored the lives of people.

The reference of the ANC as a glorious movement and broad church was not just a catch phrase; it was real, substantive and practical. For decades there was a sense of deep solid respect and seriousness of purpose when one refers to the ANC.

At the deeper level something terrible has happened. The balm that bonded people together has completely broken. Darkness and violence is experienced everywhere. Violence is replacing love, making the country scarier and expectant. One gentleman once reflected about the collapse of the ANC. He said, "if ANC can perish, what can be safe"? The total collapse of the ANC is the symbol of the fall of humanity to many people, and the end of the whole way of life.The world one lives in can no longer be taken for granted.

Just early morning of Wednesday on Power FM’s Power Breakfast show a community leader from Coligny was literally crying for help "now that the ANC is dead". He attributed the roots of the breaking up of his community to the total fall of the ANC. He shouted, cried and pleaded for people or any person to come and help the community now that the ANC has abadoned the people on their own. The way he was in pain, the host of the show Thabiso Tema allowed him to speak quite elaborately in his own native language Setswana on a Power FM platform that is wholly English. It was the spitting of raw emotions and you can literally feel and touch those raw emotions, they were real and they were emphatic: “Thusang thusang, the ANC is dead, please come and help us”. He said the ANC chairperson in the North West province is all mired in money and tenders.

That can be said about the whole country basically. The moral stature the ANC held within communities has evaporated and gone. There is no turning around for the ANC. We have come to see how deep the rot is.

The death of the ANC has left such hollowness and gloom across the country. There is such darkness misery and sadness all around. There is no moral voice of leadership that can steer the country. The moral ethical force and weight of the healing voice of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng can only be heard during a few televised court cases. Beyond Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng there is no person that can speak with moral authority and bring healing and wholeness. And so the country is left on its on without sound leadership,  and foreign vultures are feasting freely, not only are they feasting freely but they are given maximum protection.

What can be done and what should be done to make sure the lights are lit again? Who will save South Africa from this doom. Or are we beginning to accept the new normal?

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