The South Africa that I feared when I voted in 1994

2015-06-18 12:30

I remember to this day standing in a line with black voters for the very first time in 1994. In fact I had never voted before, it was not necessary. But many white citizens back in 1994 went and stood in the longs lines along with voters of all colour. I know I did because I was scared back then, scared of what was going to happen to our country. A country of total segregation and racial divides, a broken country that needed intensive care treatment.

Our then President Nelson Mandela led the way and showed the world and all of us that forgiveness is what will bring this country together. The TRC was set up and there were many times it just did not seem fair that people were not paying for the atrocities they had committed. Yet Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu forged on with it and helped many people deal with the wrongs done to them and their families in the past. Slowly we seemed to be clawing our way out of this deep dark hole, there was hope for everyone, black, white, Asian, mixed color or however you classified yourself.

The rest of the world admired us with the best constitution written. The Rainbow Nation. We engulfed the new flag with pride, waving it at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which we won and helped to unite the nation even further. All over the world we were proud to be South Africans, proud of how far we had come.

In came Thabo Mbeki and things seemed to change slightly. Suddenly he had his own views on ARV’s for pregnant woman and was fighting against what everyone else was fighting for, free ARV’s to all HIV infected people. A court ruled and Mbeki at least complied with the court order. We all breathed a sigh of relief that in the end the justice system works and justice would prevail.

Then we all started to hear of Jacob Zuma’s emergence into the run for President. With rape charges hanging over his head and his silly comments about taking a shower after you have had sex will prevent HIV, set the stage for what was to come from our future President. I must admit that the fear within me that had subsided not long after the 1994 elections seemed to start welling up inside me again.

We now live in a nation where it is in the best interests of the current government to destroy our education system to a level where it is not recognized internationally. It is almost impossible to fail matric let alone many teachers who are not qualified and to ensure they are not dismissed they rally together and fraudulently adjust results or even go as far as giving learners the answers at the exam. An uneducated population works better for corrupt leaders. They can hand out a T-shirt to a poor unemployed citizen and he will listen to anything you tell him or her. You cannot do this with an educated person; they make up their own minds. So hence the reality as to why our education system is even worse than Zimbabwe’s. Only if you are the elite few who can privately educate will you receive a good education. These people are likely to leave the country at the very first opportunity, so what are we left with? An uneducated population following a bunch of corrupt leaders only interested in signing up new contracts like the failed e-Toll system in Johannesburg where many people made loads of money on that tender which will end up becoming a white elephant.

It was a sign to me when text books were not delivered to schools and then we start looking at what followed. The deterioration of our water and the lack of control of factories churning out waste into our rivers. Entire towns denied the basic right to water, through lack of management and corruption. Eskom, we all suffer the results of this almighty calamity on a daily basis. Another basic human right. All this is happening whilst a man in power is building himself an almighty palace for his 5 wives and who knows how many children? In a country where the majority live in poverty. A caring leader who was supposed to have the majority populous at heart would never ever do this. Zuma and many of his ministers who cover up for him are outright criminals stealing our money.

The Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko embarrassed himself knowingly when he stood in Parliament and cleared Zuma of having abused state funds and having to ‘pay back the money’. He stood there and made an idiot of himself and all of us by saying that the swimming pool was a safety feature and doubled up as a fire pool. This was broadcast internationally and the rest of the world laughed at South Africa. Advocat Thuli Madonsela the Public Protector employed to investigate this incident had her report over ruled. This should never happen in a country, which is ruled by laws and has the best constitution, yet time after time Zuma blatantly laughs in all of our faces and disregards the law and abuses his power. he is more amused about how we pronounce NnnnKandla than he is about the rest of the world laughing at him.

He is a puppet of the Gupta’s and that was clearly seen by the disregard for state security when their private jet landed at the Waterkloof military base without permission. One has to wonder what backhand deals are going down between the Gupta’s and Zuma. Zuma’s son Duduzane was vindicated in the mining scandal he was involved in which was at the cost of the mineworkers and poor. Nepotism is rife in parliament from Zuma to all his appointed ministers. Feathering each other’s nests, not worried one iota about the people that voted them in and the tax payers who are paying their salaries.

I think we forget that all these people including Zuma work for us. If they are not doing a good job we can fire them. Clearly they are not doing a good job and the final straw that has broken the camels back, was the latest incident where the genocidal Sudanese President was allowed into our country for the AU summit. If our government had no intention of arresting him they should have never invited him, instead of embarrassing us and allowing him into the country, knowing there is a valid warrant for his arrest by the ICC.

This Sudanese President slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people; we have the AU chairman Robert Mugabe who has his own record of human rights violations, standing by the decision of allowing a wanted criminal to escape. This has shown the world that we no longer adhere to international law, even though we are signatories to the ICC and are part of the Roman Statute. Is all this going to encourage investment into a country in dire need of it? NO it will not, it will allow the Chinese to get a stronger hold on Zuma to manipulate him and his clowns underneath him. We have now aligned ourselves with the scum on this planet, countries that have historical human violation records and continue to violate human rights, that’s where we are now. Putin another ally of Zuma.

We need to once and for all, no matter what party you affiliate with, no matter what color your skin is, we need to make a stand against corruption and protect our constitution. If we don’t we will very soon be printing Trillion Rand note bills like our Zimbabwean counterparts. Fortunately Zimbabweans had South Africa to escape to and try and make a better life for themselves, until the recent xenophobic attacks on them, then they had to escape back to their homeland. Where are we going to go? We are surrounded by sharks literally and figuratively, we are hanging on to the edge of Africa by our fingertips.

There is a civil society call to action against corruption in Pretoria on the 19th August 2015. I know I will be there and I sincerely hope South Africans pull together and place their differences aside.

#MarchAgainstCorruption

#DontGiveUp2015

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