The precious jewel in our midst, losing its lustre?

2014-09-22 19:17

South Africans have an adamant task ahead of them. We are facing the ultimate political crisis in the history of our country.

South Africa is supposed to be a so-called democracy. Is it?

Is the new-born baby of 1994 ready to stand firmly on its own two feet, or is it an infant hampered by disabilities in the political arena where players ignore the rules of the game? For democracy is a game that needs to be played according to the rules of a political system which holds the ultimate benefit for everyone involved.

The rules of the game are not difficult to understand. It commands that everyone is equal before the law. It commands that leaders should be held accountable for their actions. It commands that the executive should be separate from the judiciary and not overstep the boundaries of the trias politica. In cases where there is doubt as to the correctness of conduct, leaders should be prepared to answer. This is where there is currently a shadow, obscuring the sunlight of accountability. In any democracy that is functioning according to the rules of the game, the laws of the country are not only upheld, but also respected. Where does South Africa fit into the game of democracy? Is the game still being played? Is the precious jewel of democracy in our midst, losing its lustre? Where do we go from here?

Our leaders are misbehaving, showing conduct that is anything but worthy of a democracy. They are not adhering to the principles of the constitution. They are not upholding the law.In fact their behaviour is reason for South Africans to start questioning if we are heading towards political suicide. Furthermore what is even more worrisome is how this looks in the international arena. I am not only referring to the issue of Nkandla, but also the whole disaster around the Dalai Lama.

One can only wonder what is next.

If we are to remain a democracy and all that goes along with it, these issues should be addressed urgently. Our leaders need to step up and take responsibility for their actions. That also means that we as ordinary South Africans should speak up. Yes I know that I previously stated that we should be more positive. However that does not exclude demanding answers and accountability from those in leadership positions. The baby in our midst is not a baby anymore. It’s been twenty years since the inception of our democracy. The baby is beyond teething, beyond crawling. It is supposed to be walking smoothly and stand firmly upon the legs of a healthy democracy. Instead it is starting to become a cripple, a disabled political dispensation. This is ludicrous!

South Africans should be outraged! The cripple child needs to be medicated. We need to get back to the basics of democracy. In order to heal and drop the crutches, in order to walk with a steady gait, we have to scrutinize every word and every action in our country. We have to appeal to our leaders to show qualities consistent with the leadership behaviour shown by leaders in other democracies. We have to dust the jewel of democracy in our midst and start over. Our leaders have strayed from the road of democracy and it is up to us to demand that they return. It is not only for the benefit of each and every South African, but also in order to secure a future for those to come.

Let’s stand together in this and let’s remind ourselves that the miracle that happened twenty years ago is a treasure, a precious jewel not to be lost, but to dust off in order to shine and be a light in the dark...

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