The Other Evening Talking About Politics

2016-03-11 11:59

It was on Monday that as a group of friends we have been in a conversation about  the nature of South Africa's politics. We were lodging somewhere 40 km north of Pretoria - the heart of Kwa Ndebele area to be precise. There were 9 of us, men and women of different ages and just as many moods and tempers. But we found a way to coalesce into a close-knit, cohesive tribe, a republic indulging in an informal heart warming easy chit chat on profound matters affecting our country.

Here is the heart of the chit chat that we had on Monday.

"It will pay greater dividends for this country for the people in positions of power and responsibility to stop talking about what Apartheid has done".

"Actually 20 years of democracy has resulted in the rundown of our national infrastructure that the Apartheid government has created. Instead of enlarging the infrastructure we are destroying what has been built. I know that no one want to say this, but I am saying it.  Only the truth can make human beings free. Denial of the truth does not help anyone".

"We live in the time of political correctness; in this period no one wants to say what his eyes show him. Everybody says nice things even though they know that they are saying lies".

"It seems we are a country  born out of hope, but stuck in hopelessness. At the beginning of our democracy we were declared to be on the cusp of becoming a stupendous economic and social miracle - a model of the world in terms of tackling issues of diversity. But after 20 years the outcome is embarrassing. Why is the economy now on the brinks of junk status"?

"Rather than rise to its potential, the democratic South Africa always somehow has found a way to stay stuck in the mud of failure and mediocrity".

"Many years have been lost to wasteful, visionless squander mania. Rampant, unchecked corruption has smothered many a grand idea. For some, the country has become a huge graveyard: a cemetery littered with betrayed dreams, dashed hopes".

"Corruption is high. It seems in South Africa we talk about corruption, we fight corruption , but no one is corrupt, why is it like this?"

"What do you mean?"

"I mean it seems everyone is fighting corruption, even those people perceived to be deeply corrupt are fighting corruption. But at the end of the day no prominent person is brought to book or presented to the public as corrupt".

"Well, the fact is that no person wants to be called a thief. Even criminals in prison do not want to be called thieves.  If you sit down and talk with criminals, they come up with reasons why they became criminals. It was not their fault; maybe it was their parent’s faults,’ maybe they were raised badly,’ 'maybe they were unemployed and have to support their family'. Their excuses are infinite and if you listened to their criminal thinking you would be persuaded to see them as innocent people, not the vicious criminals they are. But they are criminals and need to be punished".

"Eish, some of us have had enough explanations about why this country is not moving. We are just asking for a change".

"For me, I must say that I am no longer in the mood to hear any stories about  what Apartheid has done. If anyone close to me talk about what Apartheid has done  I am going to slap that person right across his face!

"Okay!?"

"I mean it! If you are seeking someone to blame for your "leaders'" gigantic corruption and total misrule get the hell out of my face".

"The kind of things you say sometimes!"

"But as for me, I understand your anger: If you look for people to blame for your problems, you would, of course, find those who seem responsible for your problems and blame them".

"Don’t get me wrong though, Apartheid was evil and its evils are still felt, one is not denying reality, but it is time that we emphasize our own behaviors and ignore what other people did or did not do to us."

"Sound thinking should tells us that 20 years is enough time to make a critical dent on a problem you have identified. What has been done all these years? People must just stop shifting blame to Apartheid for their monumental failures and monumental corruption ".

"If others made a mess of us, and they did, how come we are unable to correct the mess? How long would it take to correct the mess, infinite time"?

"Actually according to the recent City Press study on race in the country, 68% of South Africans do not believe these lies that Apartheid is to blame".

"The liar only deceives himself, not other people, people are capable of discernment and can tell the truth from lies".

"Lying liars. Fibbing fibbers.”

"Landslide corruption, mismanagement, lack of leadership and stealing of public money intended for service delivery are the causes of poverty not Apartheid".

"You keep asking yourself what it would take to heal these people of their infantile self interests and corruption. When are they going to start serving the poor people who vote for them in a landslide?".

"Psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals consider the person who takes ownership of his failures developmentally more mature than the person who denies his failures and blames other people".

"And also empirical evidence shows that those individuals who accept the belief, that they are in charge of their lives tend to do better in life than those who accept that other people or Apartheid contributes to their existence".

"People must be told that they have internal locus of control and they are in charge and in control of their lives. The human spirit is powerful able to buttress storms of life".

I like what Serena Williams once said about racism. She was asked why is it that she is on top of tennis sport but she is not the biggest earner in terms of sponsorship. She said she is not going to worry about racism or discrimination because there is enough on the table for everybody."

"What a profound statement, that is a positive way of looking at things!"

"There are grave social ills of all kinds in the world - all that is needed is to rise above them and determine your own destiny".

"There is a relationship between the quality of government people have  and their material condition".

"For me South Africa strikes me as a car in reverse gear, but happily thinking – in a case of grand delusion – to be "moving forward".

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