Thinking Aloud Before the Country Unravels

2016-07-29 17:27

Recently, I have been numbed by the overload of the unsavory. Elections are in the horizon but the issues from the campaigns do not seem to be aligned with the real trouble of the moment, poverty, lack of jobs, under development, high youth unemployment.

The racial hate speeches are everywhere. They are coming from people you expect to be more responsible. We are travelling a familiar Road.  Stoking the fires of racial hate seems to be the accepted way to win elections in this country. Sadly, this familiar road is looking like it is getting so much more dangerous we can reap more damage to our national texture. It rips the very idea of Nelson Mandela with his dream of an ideal South African society united in diversity.

I am not going to be detained by the argument that there is still white racism, and that both black and white indulge in racial hate. But at very minimum, as a country we should agree that people in prominent national leadership positions should NOT POISON the atmosphere with their racial hate and racial venom no matter how seductive it can be. But why are they doing it? They feel badly threatened.

It is bad to meet ordinary people who cannot see the rightness or the wrongness of an issue without first looking it through their racial lenses. But it becomes worse when prominent political leaders occupying prominent positions in society resort to the lazy, easy prism of racial hatred.

South Africans need to rise and rescue themselves from the tyrannizing hands of these leaders, who pin the nation down on hateful speeches.

How come politicians, who have reached the highest heights of leadership responsibility fail to reflect enough on how their racial poisoning of the nation, aggression and desperation can bring the whole country come tumbling down?

For some reason love for country in South Africa is still at such low stock such that those who lead us would rather the whole country tumbling down and crashes than their immediate fortunes suffer.

I’m willing to suggest, scientific proof or not that the main reason why no united nation has been able to materialize out of the space called democratic South Africa, the fact that no racial harmony has been felt within that space, and that no real progress, much less economic development, has been achieved, is because of the spirited strong language of racial hate from key people in society. These prominent people in prominent positions do more damage than the racists we are fighting daily on social media.

And the greater pity—the tragedy, is the drawing in of the name of Nelson Mandela into the pan. At his ultimate personality and influence Nelson Mandela belonged to everybody, and belonged to nobody. Why is this hard to understand?

Why there is such a strong urge, a need to restrict and shrink his imposing global stature in the world? Everywhere in the world, wherever you go, Nelson Mandela is owned.  Nelson Mandela belongs to everybody and belongs to nobody. He is not a distinctive badge of some political party. That should be both basic and obvious.

Look what is happening in America. Both the present  American Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump owned up Nelson Mandela. They both used Nelson Mandela to gain political mileage from their political opponents.

Hillary Clinton said about Nelson Mandela: “Mandela once told me that he lived on hatred when he went into prison because he was young and he was being abused and he was out there cracking those rocks all day and he said after about 11 years he realized that they'd already taken about everything they could take from him except his mind and his heart”.

Donald Trump said about Nelson Mandela: "Nelson Mandela and myself had a wonderful relationship"

So it is kind of bizarre to want to stop the DA to embrace and “Honour Madiba” in their political messaging on posters. And mind you DA is a South African political party. Why accept American political parties to use the name of Nelson Mandela in their political contests but deny a South African political party?

I had expected, especially from the ANC, a responsible passionate political contest driven by issues, a political contest that would be rich in helping South Africans realize the object of their citizenship.

But poisoning the atmosphere with racial hateful energy? But such things are done with purpose. And what is the purpose? So that people cannot vote right. Racial hate speeches of hauling of insults and digging up of old wounds, it is all aiming at making sure that people do not vote right, that their thinking get clouded.

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