The people need leadership, not megalomaniacs

2012-05-15 17:16

According to a recent article, during the release of his book, Eight Days in September, the removal of Thabo Mbeki, Frank Chikane said at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus, “South Africa’s democracy is in crisis because of compromised leaders who serve the interests of crime syndicates.”

In a very similar notion during the recent nationwide protest for the scrapping of e-tolls and labour brokers, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said:” that some government leaders have forgotten their roots”.

The weakness that has befallen our leaders and organisations is obvious to all. It is shown at all levels, political, economic, organisational and social. Individualism, self interest and greed amongst some of our leaders are adding to the grief and challenges of the working class and the masses.

In the midst of an economic downturn, increasing job losses, inequality in income structures and earnings, the government instead of creating more job opportunities in order to increase the tax base, they are taxing the overburden working class to meet government expenses and budget requirements.

A lot of the inequalities and imbalances we have in South Africa and other parts of the Globe are created by cartels, corruption, corporate monopolies, price fixing and the underpaying of workers.

Regrettably, the current economic system does not empower the working class people and the masses; it mainly generates wealth for some government officials, megalomaniacs, the owners of corporate businesses, individuals on the top and the well connected.

It is so heartbreaking and painful to see the owners of capital living extravagant and lavish lifestyles while the working class and ordinary people on the street are battling to pay for basic necessities of life, like food, transport, rent, electricity and other essential requirements.

Until we see the political motivation and determination of political parties to tackle the inequalities and imbalances between the haves and have-nots, debilitating diseases that stare us in the face, something needs to be done to alleviate the suffering of the working class, unemployed and the poverty stricken people.

The cold weather is once again upon us and thousands of people who are homeless, unemployed, living in informal settlements and living below the breadline will face another harsh winter.

Hunger, frostbitten fingers and faces, coughs, influenza, chronic chest and respiratory tract infections from the burning of coal, wood and other fossil fuels are some of the realities they face every day.

Thousands of people, especially the old and weak, die from unnecessary illnesses and causes during the winter months and I believe that this is an avoidable heartbreak that we all can lend a hand to prevent.

I humbly appeal to supermarkets to keep the prices of basic food products at the lowest in order for the working class, pensioners and people living on grants to overcome the freezing temperatures.

Also, I appeal to the community to donate generously to bona fide fundraising initiatives that are striving to alleviate some of the winter challenges faced by our fellow citizens.

I pray that Almighty softens the souls of those who have to those most in need.

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