The promise of South Africa’s freedom has not been fulfilled.

2015-03-24 07:28

It was in 1994, when South Africa got its freedom and joined other African states in celebrating Africa’s coming of age, as South Africa was the last country to receive independence and we were made to believe it was the end of our horrendous oppression, the end of socio-economic and political injustice.

It was especially an emotional time for South Africa, as former President Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the President of the Republic and delivered his ever first speech as the President of the country. We had high hopes for South Africa, particularly the Black people, that the insidious imposition of an evil foreign apartheid rule on us, the looting of South Africa’s natural resources by our colonial masters accorded us would be things of history.

That is more than twenty one years ago. Unfortunately, the promise of South Africa’s freedom has not been fulfilled. Today, our country has become more desolate; there is more poverty; high rate of unemployment, corruption is at its peak point, racialism is alive in schools, national sport teams, in work place and in our society, and the lack of essential service delivery as to what we were made to believe to be of this so-called freedom. There are all kinds of protests in South Africa than what we believed was going to be a dynamic nation as envisioned.

The majority of current government leaders want to stay in power to improve their personal lives and families through corrupt activities until the day their bodies are either put in jail or the grave. Through utter mismanagement and downright stealing of the wealth of the citizens, these government leaders have so impoverished South Africa that we are now nothing but a country full of protests, massacres and unemployment due to corrupt officials. Citizens beg for everything; they are more dependent on social grants, and the government dependent more our colonial masters than when we received freedom from them. South Africa under the leadership of the ruling party owes the West and its financial institutions more money than we and our generations to come can pay.

South Africans have observed with dismay and absolute helplessness as the downward slip of the South African democracy and it’s so called freedom continues to worsen. But rather than address the problems, the ruling party resort to blaming the third force, opposition parties, CIA moles and others for their misfortune. South African government continues to shift the blame to apartheid regime for all its problems and for the abject poverty in our country.

The blame game has become a permanent part of our government to the exclusion of any other solution that could be more viable in solving our problems. It has become the most dynamic part of our government because without it the ruling party cannot really point too much that they are in charge of creating decent jobs, providing more efficient essential services to its people and reduce poverty. It is better to blame others than to confront the truth of our being responsible for whatever has and is happening in this country. It is about time the ruling party to decide to confront the truth of its misfortune and look in the mirror, reflect on what O.R Tambo fought for all those years, and what Steve Biko brutally killed for and what Robert Sobukwe was imprisoned in solitary confinement for and they’ll see the culprit standing right in front of them – it is them. These leaders prefer to dwell on the accomplishments of their fore bearers.

The South African government continues to produce fraudsters and economic slaves, I am frightened and disgusted at the same time, at a government who continues to produce nothing and consume everything that other countries produce. In fact, South African government consume more Japanese, British and US products percentage wise, yet the Japanese, British and US have nothing but scorn for the South Africa.

It is sad that the so called freedom has not done any justice to this country but has been favourable to few political leaders, and their families, nonetheless Black youths all over the country continue to be in jail, schools are without books, toilets and proper equipment, Clinics and Hospitals with no medications, roads full of potholes, and water crises everywhere, when government leaders are moving on and securing their future. You know the saddest part is that these greedy, rich and corrupt leaders were just as poor as us prior 1994.

In South Africa today, we have undisciplined government officials, we have leaders who are cruel and determined in pursuit of corruption and who are ruthless to their citizens. The promise of freedom which was supposed to usher in a period of prosperity and economic growth has not happened. Rather, South Africa has been hindered in all kinds of indescribable disorderliness brought about by leaders who have the mentality that they never fought to be poor. Today, South Africa’s debt to the world monetary institutions stands at trillions. This is the money that the Western world has irresponsibly lent to South Africa, with no hope that they would ever have the funds to repay. In fact, our government has been spending more money servicing the loan than they received in assistance.

It is hard to point as evidence and say this is where that those trillions were spent. The money did not go for infrastructural development; it did not go for building good roads; it did not go for providing better energy (electricity); it did not go towards the provision of better health care; it did not go towards providing of better drinking water and it did not create any decent jobs.

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