What State Of The Nation?

2017-02-13 13:21

South African Parliament once again is the talk of the Global Village and it is nothing to write home about. An embarrassing display at the "State Of The Nation" that made all South Africans question whether we have politicians worthy of leading the people to a better South Africa. The State of Our Nation is chaotic and foreshadows the direction in which we are digging our graves in.

Baleka Mabete was yet again harsh in the manner in which she dealt with the ejecting of COPE's Madisha which escalated the tension that was already building. An attitude the ruling party seems to be adopting when dealing with opposition. The callous manner in which the use of violence is readily called upon highlights the increased authoritarianism when it comes to the State. Marikana showed such disregard for human life and it was a warning that many ignored including the "Fourth State". Fees Must Fall activists have felt firsthand what the State does when it comes to suppressing protests with many students shocked by the 'unnecessary use of violence' on issues that need discussions not policing. The EFF championed another ejection from Parliament and this time the support came from DA , COPE and AGANG. The security forces were 'only doing their job' as Luthuli House Vanguard Mantashe squeals his way past questions of use of violence. Violence has become a norm and it starts in the South African Parliament where people laugh when the Constitution is being threatened. MP's were clearly entertained by proceedings despite the fact their effectiveness will be put to the test by voters in the 2019 General Elections. President Mbeki's facial expressions reflected the decaying spirit of a people's organization within the African National Congress. What was left of parliament was President of The ANC addressing members of The ANC, a clear indication of who the ANC serves.

An Elitist gathering that was shown by the more than needed security personnel deployed by the SANDF and SAPS. A clear lack of separation of powers allowed for such a mishap to take place. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula justified the move on behalf of the President meaning stating the SANDF where on stand-by in case of a calamity this decision by her warrants further investigation as no security risk or threat was identified by intelligence agencies. Parliament did not need that much security but it seemed like rehearsal of things to come where we will see Police being paired up with Military so to achieve total control of things. If the Minister was sincere about assisting the police she would have deployed SANDF to Langa or Khayelitsha were crime is running wild and police are nowhere to be found. A pattern is developing whereby anti-Government rhetoric is being suppressed and the police are at the forefront of enforcing this, going to prove that 'Law' is not Justice.

The ruling party MP's resembled Zimbabweans ZANU-PF members of parliament that applaud President Mugabe despite the plight of their people. ANC President Jacob Zuma was uttered words of the ANC maintaing power until Jesus comes back, however maintaining that power comes with a how which violence is seems to be a constant means of dealing with 'detractors' like The EFF. A cold existence is what the ANC wishes for the people outside the ANC. An inner-party gathering that saw sympathizers of the working class evicted through 'rules of parliament' that no one agreed upon. Sipho Pityana beat Zuma to the State of The Nation according to him and SAVE SA followers. It too was lacking substance much like Zuma's address to fellow ANC Mp's. The country is in agreement that Zuma must go but that does not give Pityana a leg to stand on as DA's Maimane already has that role of telling us what we already know. The exploitation of suffering people continued with The DA using Life Esidimeni 94 as a means to attempt to discredit the ruling party deployed members in The Gauteng Health Department.

The political landscape is one that is not promising as political intolerance is a sign of a countries democracy being under threat. Furthermore the violence and use of police as enforcers signals intent from the current government to become a totalitarian society governed by laughing officials who see violence as a final solution to problems. The freedom of the press is a crucial right that is afforded to people in thriving democracy but in one where the authority seems to be losing power it becomes under threat. Radio 702's Redi Tlhabi was at one point blocked by police movement within Parliaments precinct and she was not the only journalist or media person who complained about the restricted movements. Yet again the past serves a lesson we quickly forget as the recent SABC Hlaudi policy change showed the reality of things to come. The media tribunal , censorship bill if your memory does not serve well. What is under threat in South Africa is more than one thing and those threat are showing their ugly faces in most spaces.

A state of the nation is yet to be delivered as Mr Zuma in his violations of the Constitution failed to prepare and deliver an address that spoke to he issues faced by the failing nation. He merely recited a speech we probably heard him talk about in the past but never substantiated the how to getting things done. Despite Zuma and his shortfalls we are dealt with an interesting situation whereby our current leaders are not accountable nor honorable as parliament so emphasizes. We are a nation yellow with expectations of peeling soon.

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