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Is there any hope left in South Africa?

I know this post will upset a lot of people, but this reminds me of the average South African:

What Crisis?
What Crisis?

All of us just stick our heads in the sand and pretend that things aren’t that bad. Next year we’ll have the football world cup, and that’s magically going to fix everything. (Somebody suggested to me that our heads are actually somewhere in the region of our colons… This is also apt).

Personally, I think it’s time to wake up. So let’s look at a few different areas:

The judiciary

I always said that we lose all hope the moment the judiciary isn’t free any more. I don’t think we’re there yet, but when a judge accused of trying to influence the outcome of a trial is likely to become chief justice, I’d say there’s reason to be concerned.

Also consider the fact that the scorpions was disbanded supposedly because they had achieved their goal and was not needed anymore. Then a couple of months down the line they’re replaced by the hawks… Sounds a lot like getting rid of the guys that were uncovering too much corruption and replacing them. Maybe I’m just cynical.

Our chief of police has been under investigation for quite a while now. There are suspicions that he was involved in organised crime (Inside operation destroy lucifer). The most amazing part though is that he has been on ‘special leave’ for 18 months, and his contract was actually renewed during this period!?. In other words, he can’t work because he’s probably a criminal, however, the government is still paying him.  He’s now been replaced by a politician (Bheki Cele named as new police chief) because in the words of our president he’s “distinguished himself in a number of areas, including finding solutions to taxi conflicts in the province … successful anti-crime campaigns as well as improving road safety on provincial roads and highways“. Unfortunately, this is all that immediately jumps to mind for me: Speeding minister wants racist whistleblower found. So excuse me if I don’t feel overly confident about yet another political appointment (Opposition: Cele appointment based on political links).

Public broadcaster

Nothing actually has to be said over this. The public broadcaster is not unbiased and is nothing but a government mouthpiece:

Health care

Private health care is to expensive to be used by 95% of the population, and for private health care, this is what you can expect:

Our natural heritage

Quite often, the natural beauty of South Africa is quoted as a reason to stay. But we’re destroying that. Nobody cares any more.  Rhino’s are being shot for their horns (Sanparks  declares war on rhino poachers). Crocodiles are dying (Why kruger crocs are croaking), and while they aren’t cute and cuddly, they are generally less sensitive to environment changes than other animals. So if Crocs are dying, we can be fairly sure that everything else will too. And this so we can mine more (or cheaper).

While this is concerning, there is a more sinister problem facing the Kruger National Park.

Land Claims

First there are land claims in Kruger National Park (Kruger land claimants furious) where the claimants aren’t willing to take money rather than the land. Unfortunately for them, they know nothing about tourism, so cannot possibly expect to make any money that way. So, what they will try is subsistence farming. Now this might have worked 300 years ago when there was 5000 people, but now you want to dump 50000 people on the same land and expect them to farm it? (btw, I thumb sucked the numbers to make a point. The actual numbers doesn’t matter).

We see the same thing happening everywhere else. Land are taken away from successful farmers and given back to the ‘rightful owners’, who then destroy the farm, sell the equipment, eat the seeds, and try to just survive.  And what does the rural development MEC for KZN have to say about this: “This is an area of challenges. It is common to find beneficiaries receiving farms in a dilapidated state, without equipment and infrastructure. The challenge is that post settlement has not been adequately funded.” (Rescue plan for KZN farmers)

Wake up! It’s a lack of skills, not a lack of money. You can dump the R1.8bn that she proposes on them, and in 6 to 12 months they’ll be in exactly the same situation… You can’t expect a person with no training and skills to suddenly be a successful farmer because you gave them a farm and a truckload of cash.

Which brings me neatly to my next point:

Education

This has to be the only solution. However, our government isn’t interested in something that will take decades to fix the problem. Rather implement BEE and quota’s for sports teams, etc…

In a nutshell, the education our children are getting is so bad, that there is no future for them (Report slams quality of SA education). And instead of thinking that we should improve high school education, our governments solution is to lower entry requirements for tertiary education. Once this is done, too many people will drop out after a year or two and the quality of tertiary education will be lowered. Until we get perfect equality… Nobody will know anything.

Conclusion

I can keep going… I haven’t gotten to the fact that our electrical infrastructure is inadequate, our water and sanitation infrastructure is falling apart, roads aren’t being maintained, etc.

More worrying though, 15 years later, the government is still blaming apartheid for all the countries problems. They are actively encouraging racism and hatred and ensuring that the current generation of youth grow up with nothing but hate and contempt for anybody with a different skin colour.

Whenever Malema is criticised for his comments, it’s racist, or inspired by whites:
To applause, he said: “We are in court because the whites who are sponsoring this organisation, they want to make sure they embarrass the leadership of this movement.” (I won’t apologise says Malema), he threatens to kill for Zuma, and threatens Nando’s with militant action because he didn’t like their ad. And all of this is not only accepted, but actually cheered by his followers. This generation is the future of our country?

Unfortunately, the problem comes from the top. There is a huge amount of poverty, but more importantly, the poor are told every day that they deserve more, and that they are what they are because of the people that have more than them. When you breed that kind of contempt in more than 40 million people for the small percentage that are actually generating a tax income that must support everybody, it is only a matter of time before the whole system implodes on itself.

Right now everybody is optimistic for the future, but what’s going to happen after the football world cup have come and gone and everybody realises that everything is exactly the same as before?