What betraying the Struggle really entails

2013-09-28 09:49

According to an ANC veteran this week, leaving the ANC is equivalent to betraying the Struggle.

Apparently, SA’s youth don’t know the pain of the Struggle - if we did, we would be loyal to the ANC.

And while visits to the Apartheid Museum and history lessons in school cannot truly represent how hard times were, we hardly think it was all sunshine and rainbows.

The fact of the matter

The Struggle fought for the freedom and rights of all citizens. But according to one ANC official, they did not join the Struggle to be poor. So in fact, some joined the Struggle to have wealth. I think this would represent the thinking of many of our politicians whose frivolous expenditure cost the country millions.

What a real betrayal to the Struggle is, is using it for the benefit of the minority while the majority suffer. Millions of South Africans live in deplorable conditions, below the poverty line, while Zuma spends hundreds of millions of rands in his own edition of Pimp My Homestead.

Every few days there is another story on how our beloved government is wasting the country’s money for selfish gain. Just the latest of depressing headlines is “Premier spends R50k on fast food

The way the ANC spends, you’d think every South African is living in good conditions, with a top-notch education and their rights to safety and equality are firmly protected. I sometimes can’t imagine how so much money is used without it being used a kindle for a fire or toilet paper - after all ANC officials burn through money and consistently flush it down the toilet.

So maybe the youth don’t fully comprehend the pain of Apartheid, but many of us have a clear idea of the pain of today’s times. Poverty, inequality, lack of education, poor service delivery and lack of sanitation are but a few of the problems our country faces. All the meanwhile we hear of yet another instance of corruption, overexpenditure or downright unjustifiable expenditure.

As Ayanda Kota, a Grahamstown political activist once said (and this is somewhat paraphrased), “We did not join the Struggle for you to have fancy cars”. The Struggle was not so that some could enjoy immeasurable wealth while others starved and lived in poverty. The Struggle was not so that Zuma and friends could burn through our country’s resources.

If you want to see a real betrayal to the Struggle, look no further than many of those in power today.

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