To Whom It May South Africa

2016-02-23 14:00

I too detest racialism, because I too regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. Racialism always carries connotations of violence of which we saw manifest its ugly little head again at the University of The Free State. This an institution with a heavy cloud of darkness following it. This cloud holds racial and cultural intolerance but it has broken and the rain has started falling. Monday was an eye opener for many South Africans oblivious to the amount of tension that exists politically. Hails of fists and thunderous kicks is what graces you upon seeing the images of the clashes between student protesters and Varsity Cup supporters. The storm has started and many are drenched by the little rain that has fallen. Indeed South Africa is experiencing a drought but this rain brings no relief.

There will be dozens of stories spun from the incident. People will use the incident to get their points across, others will have more ammunition for Parliament which has become a place of eroding taxpayers efforts. Some will go as far as calling for heads to roll whilst others are waiting for the war to go on. This is South Africa, a tornado of animosity has graced our shores and no Rainbow for the nation in sight. Rather ironic for a people who boast about their multiracialism to the rest of the world as if sharing a lecture hall amounts to equality. The inevitable is happening, people have systematically debunked the TRC as a means of reconciliation. To many it was a promise of a non-reactionary transition into the now democratic South Africa but upon revision it was a reactionary process that spat on the faces of South Africans. Years have gone by and peoples economic and social circumstances have not improved. racial relations are at a all time high and we are a headed for a nasty wake up call if we continue in our ignorant path carefully supported by Churches, Schools, Institutions and our parents. If the history played a role in the circumstances that resulted post apartheid South Africa, then surely we have the insight to properly look at where the issues and how we plan to address them.

The foundations of our society are set on harsh bricks of domination painted with a smile of "you too have the power to vote... now or every five years". Perhaps our democracy was never democratic to begin with (That I will leave to the revisionists to follow up). Indeed ignorance is taught to the nation through various apparatuses but the blissfulness of it died when more and more South Africans found themselves struggling to afford anything. We are faced with a daunting task which is recovering the economy before more people lose jobs, creation of jobs despite the obvious economic challenges, dialogue between races to bring calm unto the nation, intensive service delivery to destabilize the political instability and answering the calls of students coupled with not upsetting taxpayers retirement packages. This year promises to be harder than what we had previously anticipated and South Africans are up in thumbs with local government elections ever nearing. Some have already picked up arms and the advice I can give is "Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide".Eleanor Roosevelt saw the foolishness of men and the wars they create. It would be disastrous to entertain the thought of war when we are already faced with so many wars as a nation even at an individual level. Unless South Africans are all suicidal I believe there are remedies to treating the issues we have. Not to say generations that came before did not proactively challenge societal norms and structural oppression, rather they are going to die and we are going to be left with the our fathers sins to pay or our mothers debt to go collect.

You are where you are because of what you did or what was done for you. If the same rationale is applied in contemporary South Africa then we should be actively building a future worth having. The problem however rests with continued entertainment of our parents ignorance's. If we are indeed envisioning a peaceful South Africa then all the dialogues we always postpone for later must happen now as pushing them aside adds to the pile of South Africans living in poverty, women uncomfortable & unsafe in their own homes to street kids becoming such an okay thing to have in society. Perhaps I do not provide the solutions many South African seek nor do I provide much direction, however I bring the truth. The truth that suggests if we do not take each others problems seriously based on our skin tones then we are setting ourselves up for failure, failures of which our children would never forgive us for.

To whom it may South Africa

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