We blacks can reconcile with whites, but not with Zuma’s government

2016-12-18 07:15

When the Reconciliation Day comes in December of every year, we’re reminded of how long, hilly, our journey will be towards a reconciled nation. It certainly is not and will not be easy. Racial tensions persist in South Africa. That, is a painful reality we must not deny, and have to live with until we have completely eradicated it.

When I was growing up in Kwa-Dukuza, in KwaZulu Natal, Reconciliation Day had a meaning – and that meaning was in the name of the holiday itself.

The day was celebrated with utmost respect and with an unpretentious sense of purpose and inspiration. Reconciliation was what had characterized the post-apartheid South Africa; and the significance of the day could not be underestimated by any measure.

That, today, seems to be disappearing; at least in my opinion.

Today’s Reconciliation Day seems to be losing its original meaning. A day that symbolizes South Africa’s strength-to-overcome, and its purpose, as a nation in pursuit of racial unity and prosperity for its people – has rather changed into a day of uninformed grievance and wrongful finger-pointing  –as you may have noticed this past Friday.

Radical left-wing zealots work tirelessly to turn it into a platform to peddle their delusional, ill-informed, failed ideological agenda. To them, such important and symbolic day is not ‘Reconciliation Day’ it’s ‘Whining Day’ – where they preach racial disunity – and blame minorities, especially whites, for much of our inequality, joblessness and poverty.

They never blame their ideology as the cause of the economic muddle we’re in; it’s not them, it’s always other people.

In their view, the cure to our socioeconomic ills is easy – take other people’s money, especially the minorities, and distribute it across the population. That inane idea would be the best solution for them. And they believe it could be done in a split second.

That’s perhaps the greatest threat to our economic growth and the future of our country at the present moment – the toxic, unsettling, ideological, ill-informed political rhetoric – that further puts our country in a perilous position.

The notion peddled on Reconciliation Day by these ultra-left-wing zealots – that we blacks cannot and should not reconcile with minorities because of inequality and poverty, lacks sagacity; and I genuinely think political pandering has very much to do with it.

This thinking is extremely dangerous in a young and economically sick country as ours – where we are still in the middle of the fight against the legacy of apartheid that still plagues our communities.

We should and we must reconcile with our fellow South Africans; because they are not the culprits in our inequality, joblessness and poverty. Though Julius Malema and his followers foolishly think they are.

The people we should not reconcile with, in my opinion, are President Zuma and his government. It is them, staunchly backed by left-wing elements, like the South African Communist Party and Cosatu, who have hindered our economy.

Decent economic growth cannot not be seen, unemployment has risen to 27.1%, inflation is rising, taxes are rising, the debt continues to rise, burdensome regulations are stifling business growth, the never-ending contempt of our constitutional law, rampant corruption. I could go on counting government’s sins in this country.

They have very much to do with these frightening economic trends. And with the national minimum on its way – a legislation that will leave millions unemployed – we really must not reconcile with this government.

On the fundamental element of our society’s progress, education, government is totally confused. They are now reducing the mathematics pass mark to 20%. Add to this delusion the fact that teacher organizations, who back the ANC, object to the private-public partnership in schools, you have a disaster of a huge magnitude. And most of the people who’ll feel the greatest pain are our black families.

I personally find it difficult to reconcile with this government; they have and continue to cause destruction to our country’s potential and future. And it does seem power, fuelled by failed socialist ideology, has very much to do with the government’s destructive goals.

Reconciliation with whites is not difficult. I believe for whites to reconcile with blacks is not difficult too.

Research by the South African Institute of Race Relations shows that South Africans aren’t that obsessed with racial differences. Of course politicians will never tell you this. Because pointing to white monopoly capital as the root cause of our socioeconomic ills spares them from any culpability.

Whites are doing what they need to do as citizens of the country – they are producing, selling, buying, paying taxes and investing. In this process they create employment for the unemployed.

Other races as well, all of us, are producing, selling, buying, paying taxes and investing. But President Zuma’s government through counterproductive policies is slowing down our productivity. And the majority of the people hammered by these policies are us blacks.

The Reconciliation Day shouldn’t be about whether we blacks can reconcile with whites or not, or whether whites can reconcile with us or not; of course we can and we must reconcile with one another; that’s indubitable.

The Reconciliation Day, should be about whether we can reconcile with our government or not. A government that is failing us.

I personally cannot reconcile with my government at the moment. And seeing the direction it’s taking under the leadership of the ANC, reconciling with it will not be anytime soon.

Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a joyful festive season and a happy new year.

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