Interesting times we live in …
In South Africa a political elite has risen up from the ashes of Apartheid. Politically connected, and with no shortage of power and wealth these few rose up and took South Africa by storm and even formed or was involved in powerful organizations like the Black Management Forum of South Africa.
AA and BEE was implemented by them through various policies formed in Government and the economically strong black middle class developed. With this a big chunk of the populace rose out of poverty as intended by these programs, and prospered. Bringing South Africa a bit closer to the dream I believe Mandela and the other leaders of his time in the African National Congress saw at night in their dreams, the fabled Rainbow Nation.
Sadly this is is where our fairy tale ends for millions of destitute poor and deprived black citizens of South Africa, still out their own their “own” …
This is also where the irony of the whole tragic story kicks in … somehow, through Government graft failures, corrupt politicians, civil servants, corporations, companies and individuals of society we’ve abandoned these people, we have all failed them.
Political parties only scram to sort out issues for these communities when voting comes around while mostly playing a Tit for Tat game in Parliament and in the mainstream media, while Government is battling to deliver on promises made by the last electioneering team, and kids are stuck at schools without books.
20 years after the fall of the monster that was called Apartheid things are still pretty much the same as it was for millions back when South Africa was liberated by the liberation party, the ANC.
For them, time has stood still, and little has improved. There are still millions living in poverty and absolute despair. Appalled and feeling cheated by the party which they thought carried their best interests at heart.
Many broke away from the party and other splinter parties were formed. One of these, which pose a very real threat to the relative stability of South Africa, the EFF has a strong support base in the millions of disgruntled poor, unemployed and unemployable youth of South Africa, and the number grows daily because of failed economical, social and educational systems and policies.
Often you hear leaders of both these parties blaming Apartheid and it’s legacy for the state of affairs in South Africa, never owning up to the problem which lies central to our problem, the corruption which exists in all the tiers of Government.
This is where Liberia comes into the picture. I wonder how many EFF supporters actually know that Liberia is part of Africa. I wonder if they know the history of Liberia and the state of affairs in Liberia?
Liberia was formed by freed slaves from America, given the chance to start their own country with help and resources from the American Government after the Civil War when slaves were freed.
When these settlers arrived in what is today known as Liberia they encountered the indigenous tribes of the region, all whom have migrated to the coastal region from the north and the east, driven by drought, tribal wars and the need for expansion.
From the start tensions were high between the settlers and these local tribes as the Afro-Amercian settlers saw themselves superior to the local tribes in every sense. These Afro-American settlers banded together and formed the Commonwealth of Liberia and later declared independence and JJ Roberts declared the colony the free and independent Republic of Liberia.
A Constitution in line with that of the US was drawn up and a new country was born.
These Afro-American settlers became known as Americo-Liberians and even though they never accounted for more than 5% of the population of Liberia they dominated key resources which allowed them to dominate the local native peoples because of varying factors like modern technical skills, literacy and higher rates of education.
A new caste system was born, a new political elite, and the once before Slaves were now reborn into Masters of their own, oppressing a majority and building mansions and amassing wealth on top of the blood, sweat and tears of the majority who they oppressed.
Today, Liberia is gripped in chaos, it’s a country with one of the highest unemployment rates in the World, almost no infrastructure due to constant civil uprisings, and very little hope of a future because of a failed Government, corrupt to the core.
I wish that people will see, that our failures have very little to do with race, but more to do with greed, and once we can grasp that concept, we can start moving ahead and work around the problems in our country.
Apartheid exists everywhere, even between people of the same colour. Xenophobic attacks, which are common in South Africa just underlines the issue even more, although our Government plays this down.
It is up to us, as Citizens to move beyond what has happened in the past, try and understand each other, and where possible to uplift each other in the Spirit of Ubuntu. We should learn from the past as to never repeat it again, so that we can force Government to serve the people of our country through educated opinions and decisions in a transparent way.