The recent happenings in our political circles have shown that we have a long journey to go if we are to go anywhere beyond the nostalgia of having made it without war in this country. As the country’s No 1 man, who doesn’t want to pay back the money, would say in Nguni, “Yinde lendlela esiyihambayo (the journey we’re embarking on is long)”, in that song that he so loves.
Every country’s political strength is in the potency of its opposition. The last few weeks have shown that such is not the case in South Africa as the recently indicted EFF seems to be in serious trouble and there’s a real threat of explosion.
I never wanted to believe this as I thought there was always some sort of media campaign possibly led by the ruling party to destabilise it, especially going into the #Sona (state of the nation) that you would have watched, that’s if you didn’t fall asleep in the process. I was only watching because I am doing research on how a democracy was turned into a bananocracy thanks to the current state of our nation.
It is a pity this Sona comes in the wake of the country and the world remembering the 25th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela, thanks to F W de Klerk of the infamous boulevard in Cape Town.
I mean what is the president even going to say to the people of this country after wasting our time reading pages of promises he never fulfills? What new idea came out of that mouth other than a song in this year’s state of the false promise address?
It’s one thing to gooi in a bit of exaggeration here and there, but completely another when you have been doing it every year without fail.
The state of the nation address is supposed to give the citizens of the country some sort of confidence, knowing that the leader of the country is going to give feedback on things they did right and perhaps a few things that they couldn’t. But not in our situation, where some citizens may not even get an opportunity to watch the Sona because of yet another stage of load-shedding.
Instead of our leader giving us feedback and looking closely at his administration, he adjusted his glasses and blustered in our faces, with his straight face.
Knowing the subtle bully in him, it was evident that he would come over as an aloof man expecting the opposition to grill him. Yes, they are within their rights to do that, as are we, the South African citizens who are tired of being led up the garden path by our politicians and especially our front-line leader, the president of the country.
One other thing that happened in Cape Town, as it happens every year, was we had to endure seeing politicians, celebrities and some so-called “important” people flaunting in our faces the money they have while forgetting that we have a serious problem with poverty in this country. It was a big fashion parade when we still have kids learning under trees, or even better, kids learning separated from each other because they come from “different” cultures, this in Desmond Tutu’s rainbow nation.
Our country is going nowhere slowly and seeing the recent happenings involving the EFF one gets a sense that we may never get it right because political parties seem to be the same, all about power and nothing else.
As citizens of this country we are never a priority and this is becoming a serious threat to our democracy.
While the president and his nodding lieutenants will be happy about the state of the nation and the direction the country is taking, there will be some young people smoking nyaope and not caring for a minute. This is because they are of the rightful belief that our leaders never liked them and they only attend to them when they want to do some PR – when Soweto is burning as a result of their impatience and desperation.
Jacob Zuma will have breakfast today with some top businessmen and he will advise them to do business with his political party. At the same time there will be some young people out there who are hopeless though they have the required qualifications to work and make something good of their lives.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if the president instead had a meeting with businessmen across the country convincing them to create jobs for the many South Africans who are jobless? Fat chance.
I watched the Sona simply because I wanted to see if one man could repeatedly hoodwink 50 million people and get away with it for another year.
-Rudzani Floyd Musekwa