17 Jun 2011
THE statements by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel and Cosatu chief Zwelinzima Vavi that South Africa is crumbling must be taken seriously if we are to avert a North Africa.
South Africa has lost its aesthetic content. Potholes, power blackouts, corruption and crony capitalism reflect the decline.
An uncanny sense of déjà vu and defeatism settled in the political consciousness like bad memory and bad faith. There is no politics other than what the elite decide. Our beloved nation is in decline because positive leadership is scarce, our leaders are sleepwalking into an abyss because of their egocentric and corrupt attitude.
What sort of democracy do we have when the rule of law, supremacy of the law, equality before the law and fundamental human rights are not considered as prerequisites? Why must we celebrate democracy when poverty and unemployment stalk this beautiful land? Poverty as a result of unemployment free flows like stream water?
The boundless greed and hypocrisy of the politically well connected ultimately torments the majority. Inequality is not just bad for social justice, but also for economic efficiency.
Crime is escalating at an alarming rate.
The most important reason why violence is increasing is that it is often triggered by people feeling disrespected and scorned.
This exacerbates insecurity and social unrest, which then diverts public and private resources from social services and productive investments to safety and security.
Our nation is at a political crossroad. We either flourish together or perish as a democratic nation.