Things Fall Apart?

2016-03-17 12:02

The current goings on in the country  with Gordhan, Moyane, Hawks, Guptas and our President remind me of the opening lines of Chinua Achebe’s famous book ‘Things fall apart’ which quotes WB Yeats poem from 1920 called 'The Second Coming'.

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...”

To give a bit of context for what the poem and the book outline read this commentary, “The poem begins with the image of a falcon flying out of earshot of its human master. In medieval times, people would use falcons or hawks to track down animals at ground level. In actual falconry, the bird is not supposed to keep flying in circles forever; it is eventually supposed to come back and land on the falconer’s glove. In this image, however, the falcon has gotten itself lost by flying too far away, which we can read as a reference to the collapse of traditional social arrangements in Europe at the time Yeats was writing, or the dissolution of the Igbo social and religious structure. The notion that “things fall apart” serves as a transition to the images of more general chaos that follow. The second part of the line, a declaration that “the centre cannot hold,” is full of political implications, like the collapse of centralized order into radicalism. This is the most famous line of Yeats’s poem: the poem’s thesis, in a nutshell”

Revelations which are emerging of the Gupta family’s role in influencing or in trying to influence appointments (or disappointments) in key positions is a tell-tale sign of the centre no longer holding and things falling apart. We find ourselves as a nation facing a potential ratings downgrade to junk status, economic growth is forecast around 1%, interest rates are likely to rise, we are faced with a drought in the Southern African region, there is a slowdown in the global economy, commodity prices are falling etc.

As a nation we are at a point where more than anything we need solid LEADERSHIP to steer us out of these uncertain times.

In light of Yeat’s poem...mere anarchy has surely been loosed upon our nation as seen by the public spat between Tom Moyane commissioner of SARS and  Pravin Gordhan the Minister of Finance, Gordhan and the Hawks and pronouncements by Mcebisi Jonas and Vytjie Mentor regarding the role of the Gupta family in our country.

Certain issues which were previously either spoken off behind closed doors or swept under the carpet due to political correctness or rather political expediency- are now coming to the fore. At this juncture the ball is in the ruling party’s court to handle how we can be extricated in this space that we are in. We have reached a watershed moment in our nation’s politics and history will judge our current leaders harshly if the current issues besieging our nation are not handled properly.

Khaya Dlanga echoed my sentiments in a post on his Facebook account earlier today “Mbeki was recalled through pure lies, yet Zuma remains after every unconscionable act. How is this happening?  How can private, unelected citizens offer people cabinet positions? If this is indeed true, it is a dereliction of duty of the highest and shameful order. The Guptas can't be offering cabinet roles like South Africa is their spaza shop. People should also stop saying Gupta this and Gupta that, go straight to the head. This should not be happening under any president's watch.”

May leaders who are prepared to put the country's interests above their own rise up and step to the wheel to steer us away from the crash we are heading towards. Failure to do this will really result in Things Falling Apart.

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