A Step in the Right Direction, but the War against injustice is far from over …

Today I would like to remind those of you who actually takes the time to read the opinions on here that the War we are fighting against injustice is far from over.

I have touched on the subject in one of the previous posts about the state of the World as it today, and our reluctance as humankind to equally decry the state of affairs in the World became apparent to me during the course of the week.

You might be wondering what I am on about, and I will gladly explain my viewpoint on this statement, so you must please excuse the length of this post.

The Israeli / Gaza conflict has grabbed everyone’s attention, and it has focused everyone on the subject, people from both sides of the fence are up in arms about what the other side is doing and trying to justify why his/her side has the legitimacy to perform these acts of violence. This is where I believe that most of the people trying to justify the wrongs of the sides they have backed are missing the point while there are innocent people on both sides of the conflict suffering because those in power on both sides are either unwilling, or that they simply do not care enough to put an end to the violence.

This is not only happening in Israel and Gaza. It is happening all over the World, and the scary part is that everyone is to busy bickering about which side is right and which side is wrong that we are letting all the other atrocities slip by unnoticed.

Yesterday two bombs exploded in Kaduna, Nigeria. 82 people died, the suspected culprits are of course, the new (old) bad boys on the block, Boko Haram. An Islamist religious sect with the goal of creating an Islamic state in Nigeria governed by Sharia laws. During the last couple of weeks they have intensified their operations and have targeted moderate Islamic scholars and leaders who have denounced their actions as non-Islamic.

At the very same time, Christians in Iraq, who is most arguably one of the oldest Christian communities in the World and who’s numbers were more than a million strong during the reign of Saddam Hussein, are being driven from Mosul by the IS, a Sunni led Islamist sect also bend on creating a Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, in fear of their lives. Their victims are numbering in the thousands already, and they are not only focusing on Christians. They are indiscriminately killing anyone who would try and oppose them, much the same way as Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria.

These along with major conflicts like the conflict in the Ukraine between the pro-Western backed rulers in Kiev, and the pro-Eastern backed separatists in Crimea are but some of the atrocities which are being committed World wide while we idly sit by and bicker about who is right and who is wrong in the Israeli / Gaza conflict.

Sadly, this is not where it stops, and this brings me to the point I want to carry over.

All over the globe innocents are suffering because of violent crimes, crimes which nobody can even try and justify. Crimes not linked to political or religious ideologies, but crimes which are a testament to the decay of human civilization as a whole.

In South Africa a young boy called Taegrin Morris, aged 4, was killed during a hijacking. We was in the car with his family when they got hijacked by a group of men. They ordered the family out of the car, and Taegrin was left hanging halfway out of the car in his safety belt and was dragged as the car was driven off by the highjackers.

His body was found later on, 8 to 10 kilometers away from where the incident took place.

In India a young girl of 6 was raped by a teacher at her school, and another was raped and found hanging from a tree. This after an initial International outcry over a med student who was fatally raped by a group of men, despite the Indian Government’s assurance that violent crime against women and girls won’t be tolerated.

Yet, the World in general stays quiet … We stay quiet.

Why are we not out in the streets demanding justice from our Governments for these heinous crimes? Why are we not protesting the fate of the people who are suffering at the hands of fanatical religious zealots in front of our Government buildings and the local embassies?

Change starts with us, and as long as we stay quiet more will suffer as we say nothing and refuse to acknowledge the problems in our societies as a whole.

We must stop turning a blind eye to events like this, and we must start acting upon them.

With that being said, I am not encouraging acts of vigilantism, nor am I suggesting that we should from angry mobs with pitchforks and burning torches. What I am saying is that we must start working together to survive this onslaught on our humanity, that we should force our Governments to start delivering on their promises. We should start protesting the injustices we see all over the globe where we see our fellow human beings suffering the plight of violent crime and oppression. We must strike where it hurts the most, and that is at the pockets of those unwilling to stop the massacre which is taking place daily around us.

People like Taegrin and the 7 year old Indian girl do not enjoy the same type of coverage as conflicts like the Israeli / Gaza conflict, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is happening all around us, and we are the ones allowing it through our silence.

So with this writing, I implore you to start acting. Become involved, form communities and care for each other regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Look past your differences and focus on what you have in common. Everyone has loved ones, everyone has family, dreams and aspirations. Time to stop bickering about the differences and to start focusing and working together for a future, something we all have in common.

Namaste people of the World

It has been sitting heavy on my chest for the last two weeks or so, and I haven’t been really in the mood to sit down and mull all my ideas into a single cohesive strand, although I am confronted by it every single day for the last two weeks.

I’ve been following the international news as normal, and I was plagued by the barbarism of humankind all over the globe. Saddened that things can go so far, and that we, the normal average person who go about our daily lives can allow things like this to happen.

Now, looking back on the last two week I feel that I have to do my part, or else, I will be just as guilty as those who perform these savage acts of violence against their fellow human beings.  As Albert Einstein said

“The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”

The catalyst for the piece is without a doubt the conflict which escalated so drastically in Israel between the Zionist Israeli Government and Hamas, but, this piece is not only about that conflict, but about the injustice happening all over the globe, and we sit by without decrying it because of man made ideological differences between us.

In Nigeria Boko Haram is running amok, killing civilians indiscriminately and all under the guise of religion.  Seleka, who are predominately Muslim rebels in CAR are waging a terror campaign on civilians and in turn, the Anti-Balaka, who are predominately Christians, have sprung up to defend themselves, in turn, also indiscriminately killing civilians on the Muslim side.

In Iraq and Syria the ISIS which is aspiring to create a caliphate in the region has suddenly appeared on the map and are brutally slaying everyone who does not side with them, including fellow Muslims.

But, this is not much different from the Spanish Inquisition, or the Crusades to the Holy Land in which the Church was the main culprit of all these atrocities.  The only difference is that this is happening now, during our lifetime on Earth, and, we can either choose to stop it, or allow it to go on.

Many people would think that this is about religion, but, religion is only the guise for the these atrocities.  It is a means to an end, and it works.

Following comments posted on News24, and actively engaging with people who commented on the forums I realized something.

“Divide and Conquer” Sun-Tzu, Art of War

We are allowing ourselves to be divided because of pity differences in our believes, our outlook on life, our political parties and by our perceptions on what we get fed by the mainstream media.

In an article on News24 which was about a woman who had a post up on her Facebook page, where Hitler says ” I could have killed all of the Jews, but I left a few so that you will see then for what they really are” one could see the divide growing bigger and bigger, pro-Palestinian pitted against pro-Isreali, with a good mix of racism thrown into the mix and dash of hate speech to get things boiling over.

This, is where our humanity starts fading, where we as a people start disappointing ourselves and severely diminish our chances to survive the onslaught of our Governments and the powers behind those Governments. Where we as humanity are failing the generations to come after us.

I’ve seen Muslim people wishing for all Jews to be wiped from the Earth, not only in Isreal.

I’ve seen Jewish people wishing the same fate upon their Muslim counterparts, celebrating each bomb strike into the open air concentration camp from atop a hill overlooking the Gaza strip.

I’ve seen Christian people getting into the fray who are supporting a Jewish led Government bombing of innocent Palestinian civilians, who seemingly forget the words of the Jesus of Nazareth, who was by blood a Jew, but by birth a Palestinian.

This man, this Jesus of Nazareth, who was a good example for people of any faith of how a decent human being can be like said the following:

“30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31

That is what sets us apart from the beasts who live besides us on the Earth.  Our humanity.  The quality of state of being kind to other people and/or animals.

How can we still call ourselves human if we have lost what it means to be human, that which sets us apart from the animals which roam the Earth with us?  Surely, when we condone acts of violence from one group upon another group of our same kind, then we are no better than the animals who live beside us?

The same stands true when we say nothing about crimes against humanity in general, against us.  The normal man on the street.

We all must try and remember, that fanatics are everywhere, fanatics who are being fueled by hidden agendas from World powers to keep us as a race, as a people from achieving unity at all costs, because, there is no money to be made from peace.

So, decided for yourself today, are you going to give up your humanity or are you part of the solution who are willing to look past the differences in color, culture, language and religion to catapult the human race into the future.

Wednesdays …

Strange how one can become used to something so quickly.  You wake up one morning, you decide that you are going to start the day with a coffee, and all to soon this becomes a habit, and you get used to it, so quickly that you don’t even notice that you have picked up a new “bad” habit.

Amazing though, that this phenomenon also occurs if you spread out the occurrence of the action even by a couple of days.  Stranger still the fact that you can become desensitized by seeing something once every week … specifically Wednesdays …

You see, Wednesdays is the day the City of Tshwane comes around to clear out the garbage bins which stood for a week, collecting all the refuse “normal” people get rid of on a weekly basis without giving it much thought of what is going into the trash, and eventually, where the trash will end up.

It’s been bugging me for a while now, and honestly, I have no idea how to tackle the problem on my own, and I think this might be one of the reasons why I got “used” to seeing what I’ve been seeing without actually doing something or saying something about it, and there in lies the problem I have with myself, with our ANC led Government, and the South African society as a whole.

Every Wednesday, after putting out the garbage bin for collection they come. In their masses, pulling their self made carts behind them in the hope that today brings in the loot they are hoping for, something to eat, something to re-use, something to sell …. scavengers, poorest of the poor, dirty, stinky, filthy and freezing as they walk down the street from bin to bin, pulling the carts behind them with the loot which they have already scavenged from the bins down the street.

Everyone sees theses scavengers.  Most don’t even notice them anymore, some still do though.  Like the old man who is on pension down the road from us, who diligently sits on his porch, keeping an eye out for these vagrant bin looters, to chase them away because they sometimes leave behind a mess after going through a bin, sorting out what is edible, what is re-usable and what is just nasty old junk.

Not all people are like this grumpy old man though … but the sad part is that most do not even notice them … these Raiders of the Trash who come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

A week ago it was pretty cold here in Pretoria, and as I rushed out of the house to go to the office I remembered it was garbage day.

I quickly ran inside, grabbed the black bag from the bin in the kitchen and promptly discarded it in the big black bin while I waited for the gate to open.

It was then that I saw her.  The young black woman standing out there in the cold with a summer dress, long socks pulled up to her knees and a thin blue jersey which has seen better days judging by all the holes in it and the strings of wool which pulled out of the pattern.

She was quiet, shy, but friendly, not really making eye contact, but none the less standing there, waiting for someone to bring out the bin so that she can start going through the trash in the hope of finding something useful.

I tried to greet her, but I was a bit surprised after looking down at the ground while I pushing the bin out, and suddenly seeing the old shoes and the socks and looking up into the face of desperation.

I finally managed to get a “Um, hello, good morning … ” out, but as the worlds left my lips I started thinking ” What are you saying?  Is this really a good morning for her? ” …

The feeling I had that morning won’t be going away soon, and it served as a harsh reminder of the reality of what we as a nation, and as a species are facing.

As we are closing of this week and getting ready to cast our vote next week Wednesday it must serve as a reminder for us all that everything is not “OK” or “Good” by any means, and that we have only ourselves to blame for allowing the “leaders” of our young democracy to abuse and plunder State resources by enriching themselves through monsters like Nkandla and the ArmsGate deal the cost of the people who put them in power, hoping for a better future.

Let this Wednesday serve as a reminder for those of you out there who are still supporting the current status quo of what we are really voting for come next week Wednesday.

Monrovia of South Africa

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.

Disarming the Law Abiding Citizen in South Africa

For some time now gun control has been in the background, every so often moving into the public stage again when something terribly goes wrong, for example the Columbine High School massacre, and then it gets obscured again by various other issues which arise.

Sadly, the call for stricter gun control is back in light of the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp tragedy, and now the African Nation Congress Women League and various other parties are calling for it.

I think this, is a very very very bad idea, particularly in South Africa

It would be nothing else than a collective suicide if South African law abiding citizens give up their right to defend themselves given the current state of affairs in South Africa, and the utter inhumane violent crimes which are purported against the citizens of South Africa by murderers and rapists.

In March of 2011 when Lidiwe Sisulu was still Minister of Defense it was reported that 82 000 weapons were missing from the South African National Defense Force.

In the same year it was reported that South African Police Services has lost 20 428 weapons since 2004.

Now the question begs to be asked … “Where are these weapons?”

Certainly, these weapons won’t be with the average, run of the mill Law Abiding Citizen since he would not have a need for it.  He would have his own licensed weapons I would think, since he is a model citizen of South Africa.

No, it makes more sense to assume that some of the weapons were sold and left for neighboring countries while others have been found in the hands of local thugs and criminals,  many of them used in violent attacks on our fellow citizens.

Of course one could argue that the weapons which were not already found in the system simply just got lost, but given the track record which the SAPS has and the corruption allegations which surface regularly against members of the Police, I’m going to go with to go with the first scenario.

It would then stand to reason that if you disarm the average citizen, that you would make him and easy target, effectively painting a bulls-eye on his back,  for those who would have the need for unlicensed weapons, like criminals.

If a criminal already has very little or no moral values, with nothing to lose or fear, then what would deter him from coming into your home while you sleep to liberate some of your earthly possessions?  Heaven forbid he enters your home with a darker, more sinister plan in mind.

Are you simply going to ask him nicely to leave you and your family in peace?

No, you can’t … as Dr Marthin Luther King once said,  “It is criminal to not teach a man how to defend himself”.  You have to protect those who you love, those dear to you, the innocent.

Now, what if this criminal was armed with a firearm?

It would basically mean mean that we will be settings the wolves upon the flock, and this cannot be allowed to happen.

We must not forfeit our rights to defend ourselves because the Government can’t assure us that our lives will be safe in their hands.  They blame all sorts of failed policies, their favorite of course, blaming the violent nature of South Africa on Apartheid, but never looking inwards, to what their corruption and greedy grabs for high paying jobs, flashy cars and fortress mansions projects down onto the still suffering, still marginalized, still uneducated, economically and socially devastated, masses.

Masses who need to eat, who need to feed their children. Masses who get pitiful handouts in the form of social grants, like the famous “Baby Grant” without permanent solutions to their grievances from Government.  Instead they get empty promises, some lip service and a whole lot of dancing while singing “struggle” songs which could incite violence, like Zuma’s favorite struggle song “Umshini wami” and others like “Dubula Ibhunu” …

Remember, criminals didn’t start out as criminals, society and Government allowed this to happen …

The normal citizens then become the easy targets, those of the diminishing middle income group living in Suburbia and the poor who are still stuck in informal settlements.  Never would these criminals try to steal from very well fortified mansions of political leaders who are guarded by guards with automatic machine guns purely because it is just not that easy when someone is shooting back at you, and you might actually lose the only thing you have left, your life.

Government has failed us, and now they want us to give up one of the tools we us in order to protect ourselves because they cant?  Certainly, they must be mad!

Fight the Government with everything you have on this …  think about it this way, had there been no violent crime, or a reason to own a weapon, then Oscar Pistorius might not have been in the situation he is in because he would not have had a gun.

The gun and Reeva are the only true innocent objects in this sad scenario.  The gun didn’t fire itself, it was fired by Oscar, Oscar pulled the trigger … the gun didn’t fire itself.  The fact of the matter is that this slogan rings very true.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”

So people, keep your guns, fight for self preservation, in fact, if possible, arm yourself, go for training.  Protect yourselves and those you love.

Heaven forbid that we would need to protect ourselves from the Government or our fellow countrymen someday when our country slides down into total anarchy …

Remembering Anene, Remembering Andries …

Last week Jacob Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address at Partliment’s opening and yet again he failed to address the real issues at hand in South Africa, but instead he spoke about TAX reforms which would just squeeze the already overburdened taxable population and the ultra poor just more.

One would have thought that more people would have something to say about SONA, hell, one would have thought everyone in South Africa would have had something to say about the State of the Nation with the 42c petrol hike, which is now going to be followed by a 87c hike, the partly State owned utility company, Eskom, who wants to increase it’s tariffs with 16%, the fact that Government lied to us about the E-Toll saga, of course there was little other things like the R250 million (and climbing) Nkandla and the R1.5 Billion spent on the Road to Nkandla  which Government upgraded under the National Key Point act of 1980.

I thought people would be fuming around the mouths about horror crimes like the violent rape and disembowelment of Anene Booysen, the rape of a 1 year old toddler in Limpopo, the rape of a 91 year old Gogo (grandmother) in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the violent murders on farmers, on the elderly, on children … but no …

Sadly, these horrific crimes and injustices against the population of South Africa are not the main focus of our macabre society.

The reason for this is our collective morbid fascination with the Oscar Pistorius incident which transpired in the early morning of Valentine’s Day.

Before I explain why, let me firstly say this though.  I feel for the families involved, no matter which way you look at it, it is a terrible and traumatic event, and nobody who is closely involved will ever be the same, and I wish everyone the best and that justice will prevail.

Here, is where my interest in the incident ends.  The reason for this is that the media hype over this incident has overshadowed everything which in my opinion, carries more weight than a single death, accidental or not.

You see, Anene Booysen is a 17 year old colored girl from Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. She went out with her friends, and then she left with her ex-boyfriend and a couple of his friends.

She was brutally raped, disemboweled, her legs broken and left to die by her assailants.

Then there is the brutal death of Andries Tatane, who died in a service delivery protest by the hands of the South African Police Force in Ficksburg because Government had failed to deliver on the promises they made since the fall of Apartheid, they were stuck in the same economic wilderness as before the fall of Apartheid, some even worse.

Every single day, there about 18000 murders in South Africa apart from the murders we are almost top of the log when it comes to violent rapes.

Rape.co.za puts the amount of reported cases of rape between 2009/2010 at 68 332. Because not all cases get reported to authorities this number may actually be much higher.

That is about 50 murders and 187 reported cases of rape per day on a population which is estimated at 50 million.

India, on the other has, with a population of 1.2 billion reports about 72 cases of rape per day.

Clearly one can see that there is something very wrong with our society, and this is where my grief lies.

The populace in general is making a big scene about Oscar Pistorius case and totally forgetting the marginalized John Doe’s on the street who are also victims to these violent crimes.  Not only are they forgotten, but it seems that everyone is avoiding the cause of these symptoms of our corrupt and amoral society.

This brings me to the cause of these cancerous symptoms, the ANC led Government with Jacob Zuma at it’s head.  It has failed us, the people of South Africa.  They have neglected the upliftment of South Africa as a whole through their never ending internal “struggle” for the spoils of war after the fall of Apartheid and their lust for power.

Liberation songs like “Umshini wami” which translates into “Bring me my machine gun” were sung by our President Jacob Zuma, the same Zuma who has not yet answered for corruption charges brought against him before he took office,  and other well known former political allies like Julius Malema who once swore to start killing in the name of Zuma, and who has now fallen out of favor along with being investigated for abusing his political ties for financial gain.

No, sadly only those with some sort of political connection and the politicians themselves got uplifted while the rest of the country suffered the evils of corruption and failed administration of State resources.

Corruption and mediocre policies, and the implementation of these policies, lies at the the very core of our sick society and yet we decide to make a fuss about one person who has been killed,  but we can’t save a second or two to think about the hundreds who are effected every day through violent crime?

We can’t spare a thought about the State of our Nation and the fact that all the politicians from the various political parties walked down a red carpet in fancy evening wear for the opening of Parliament like famous Hollywood actors on their way to the Oscars? (I assure you, no pun intended)

Something is very very wrong in our society, and I urge you to start thinking critically, stop being negative towards each other and have a little more patience with one another.

Look past the differences and focus on the things we have in common, and one thing we have in common, from rich down to the poor man on street is that we are “Gatvol”.  Gatvol of poor service delivery, gatvol of potholes, gatvol of the murders, the rapes, the spade of violent crimes.

We are gatvol because we have to pay premium prices to give our kids a decent education in a private school because the public education system has failed our children, the next generation to take over from us.

We are gatvol because we have to pay premium prices to be able to go to private hospital because public hospitals are death traps.

Now think about those who do not have the finances to afford these premiums?  They are just as gatvol, and everyone is yearning for change!  This is our common ground from which we can build.

The change we are yearning for will only come once we as a nation stick together and see past each other differences, it will only happen when we realise that we are all connected in the bigger scheme of things and that we are dependent on each other.

I beg you, the reader, to be positive, to start becoming involved in these pressing socio-economic and political issues and to voice your concerns.  Don’t be scared to enter into conversation and most of all, treat those around you the way you would want to be treated, then relationship build on mutual respect will prosper and we will be able to reach out to one another.

We can build a better South Africa, one in where there will be no more symptoms of poor governance like the rape on Anene, like the murder of Andries, the massacare at Marikana.

Let us all stand together against Government and keep these people like Anene and Andries and all the other countless of people who have been victims of violent crime in our hearts, lets draw strength from the sacrifices they and their families have made and lets fight for our country!

Be heard as one voice

Violent Strikes in the South African Agricultural Sector, why and what will be the outcome?

South Africa is a country with great potential and with a unique and diverse culture.  It is the only country in the World where the minority ruled over the majority with an Iron Fist until 1994, and although this was not something which was born in South Africa self, it was a policy which was thought out and implemented by the then colonizers of Africa, the British under Lord Milner, it did leave us with a unique situation.

A unique symbiotic relationship developed between the two major ethical groups in South Africa, to the point where neither group can function properly without the other group, and this is not to say that one group should preside in the Master role and the other in the Slave role, because we are all equal, despite what most right wing commentators would say.  The only difference between the “Masters” and the “Slaves” was, and is still the level of education.  This is not a matter of opinion, but rather a simple fact which everyone who is honest with himself would agree upon.

Lately though, South Africa has been plagued by violent protests throughout all the major sectors of the economy.

The transport, mining, agriculture industry and service delivery strikes were the most prominent and made it onto the headlines of News24 every single day, even while the top brass in the ANC were spending millions of taxpayer money on their party celebrations over December.

Because there are just too many strings to follow and to discuss, and because I want to keep this short and sweet I will only give my thoughts on the violent strikes and protests we observed within the agricultural sector, and I am not going to pussy foot around the subject.

The ANC led Government has had “control” over South Africa for the last 18 years and yet the majority of our countrymen are still living in absolute poverty.  The reason Malema was such a threat to the ANC “regime” was because he was speaking the truth when he said that Freedom doesn’t mean anything without economic emancipation, albeit it that he had a very poorly thought out plan of Nationalization to deal with the issue at hand.

He was a threat to the political scavenger elite who are currently running the country, and though everyone knows that nearly everyone in a Government position has his hand down the cookie jar in some form or another he was allowed this “benefit” until he turned on his Master whom he was willing to protect and give his life for, Jacob Zuma.  After this his political career was crushed and now SARS is picking clean the bones of his sorry carcass.

But let’s leave that for there now and focus on the violent strikes in the agricultural sector.

So the farm workers were complaining about earning R65 a day … to put that into perspective … 2L of milk costs R20, a bread costs R5, taxi fare, depending on how far you are from your place of work is R15 if you are within a 30km radius, and then somewhere in between you must still put a little away for a rainy day?

Of course these workers have reason to be pissed off, the cost of living is rising, they mostly have no running water nor electricity, no formal schooling, and yet everyone around them are pocketing it big time, from their perspective while they are struggling to put clothes on the backs of their children, while they suffer to make enough money to feed their children.

R65 a day is nothing in the bigger scheme of things, especially when your “Baas” quickly jumps in his luxury 4 x 4 Toyota bakkie and drives off to the Pick & Pay, grabs some braaivleis and 12 ice cold Black Labels for the rugby.

This is not only true for the Agricultural sector, but everywhere.  The reason I know this is because I take the time to speak to those less fortunate than myself, those who were, and are still part of the “previously disadvantaged” of South Africa, the poorest of the poor.

Though, this might not always be fact, it remains the perception out there, and we have to work together to change the perception.

I know a couple of farmers personally, of whom I can only say good things, they provide for their workers, they build houses for them, they make sure they have running water, electricity, they give them food, and they even share their ice cold Black Labels with their workers, but this is certainly not what is happening as a rule of thumb, and this is where our problem really arises.

White South Africans  are too LAZY and they consider it beneath them to do manual labor  because that is a “kaffir’s” job.

Because of this, the South African system has always relied on cheap, unschooled laborers for these types of jobs, and although we share a unique symbiosis it does not mean that we have to enrich ourselves at the cost of our countrymen.

These laborers are trapped in a never ending struggle for survival where they work to survive, and survive to work, a never ending cycle with no hope of getting out of this closed loop system.

In no World is this fair towards anyone … I challenge those of you who are privileged enough to be reading this, not because I think this is a great opinion, but because you are privileged enough to be sitting down on your ass behind a computer, most likely in a air-conditioned office, with your fingertips on a keyboard, from where you can access any information you want to imagine yourself in the shoes of those laborers.

You would too do anything to provide for your families, to provide the very basics, which the South African Constitution “claims” your are entitled to as the very basic of human rights, the right to education, the right to a decent standard of living, the right to running water.  You would also burn the country if your perception is that you are suffering in the sun while the “Baas” can do what he wants, because he not only has freedom, but he is free from the financial constraints which is hampering you to better your existence, and to start designing a life.

The ANC led Government refuses to acknowledge the fact that Farm Murders, which are some of the most horrific murders in the history of South Africa are hate crimes, because if they do, then they will acknowledge their failure as a governing party. It is part and parcel of this perception which is out there and because of the deliberate “racial” divide which they keep on promoting from within governmental rallies and speeches, and this only compounds the dilemma we are sitting with, and this puts the whole country at risk of being destabilized.

They (the Government) are not forthcoming with ideas on how to address the problem, and I guess they are hoping that the flimsy stitches of this “Rainbow Nation” will stay in place for a bit longer while they loot the State coffers.  Not once have Government offered the farmers some sort of tax break if they up the daily wages of these laborers  because let’s face it, the farmers, are not all the filthy rich bastard “Boere” who do not care for the fellow countrymen, no, a lot of them are suffering under the economic pressures of our time with the operational costs of running the farm skyrocketing because of failed policies implemented by Government which causes havoc in our local economy.

In my heart I want to believe that, if they could, they would pay their laborers a decent daily wage, but I know that is idealistic, and there should be measures put in place to ensure those types of wages if it is possible from the farmer’s side.

There are so many factors which can change the ebb and flow of this situation, and I am just a spectator on the side, but one thing I know for certain is this.

If we don’t all try and work together and start looking out for Government, then we will all be chewed up and swallowed by the Monster which is governing our country, because if all the farmers leave, what will be left but barren earth … how will we feed our loved ones?

Coincidentally I saw a poster which read “If there is no more food the poor will be forced to eat the rich” … scary thought?  Well, just ask the Pygmies in the Congo is this is so far fetched or not.

If this continues we will be facing a real civil war, and although I know there are those of us who believe that this is the only solution to our problem, I put this to you, it’s easier to destroy then to build, and with the destruction we only put ourselves back 18 years at the very least … and we will be spitting on the graves of those who have died in the last 18 years, we will be robbing future generations of hope, we will leave behind a legacy which I would rather not be part of.

I implore you, the reader, to get actively involved, to put aside your personal feelings of hate and mistrust and to try and work together, if not for you, but for your children, and their children.

The whole World is waiting like vultures, for the spoils of war, so let’s not give them the satisfaction of failing, let’s work together and fix this.

Basic Education, Rainbow Babies and Sheeple

Today there is cause for big celebrations all around South Africa, and far be it from a grumpy sod like me to rain on anyone’s parade, but I do have a couple of things which I ponder about.

The reason for my turbulent thoughts lies in something which is very important to me, well, not only to me, but to South Africa in general, and in turn the World community, of which South Africa forms a part.

This year is the year in which the first “free born” non Apartheid babies graduated, or well, were supposed to graduate.

Our Grade 12, or as we call it, Matric results got posted, and everyone is all of the sudden very happy about it because of the 73.9% pass rate … but, as most things in South Africa, and in life, there are two sides of the story.

Of the 73.9% who successfully completed the tedious journey through the shocking OBE Education system, only 26.6% will actually have access to tertiary education, and that is to say if there are not other circumstances like financial or logistical problems.

We all know the story, not everyone has the money to put their kids through Varsity, and apart from that, there is no space to accommodate all of these learners since no new Univirsities we build during the last 18 years of our beautiful “Rainbow Nation” came into being.

Funny enough, The World Economic Forum placed South Africa last in a ranking of 62 countries in the quality of maths and science education, there we severe disruptions in Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape with regards to schooling, but our Minster of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga hails this pass rate as one of the best since the fall of Apartheid.

I would be inclined to agree with her, had it not been for the standards of the education which had dropped, how can you pass a subject by scoring 30%  in the exam?  How can you claim that you are a subject matter expert?

How can you pass people on age?

Is it just me hearing the alarm bells here?

Apart from the obvious drop in standard one also has to think of the possibility that political interference might be the reason for all of these truly “amazing” results?

She (Angie) was directly involved in the whole Limpopo text book scandal and one could argue, that it would be in her best interests to have as many pupils as possible pass so that she can get her claim to fame and save her sorry ass, all in one go.

The only way to bring a halt to the endless corruption, the plundering of state coffers, the lack of service delivery and the empty promises made by the Government is through education … but I suspect that the cANCerous Government is more than happy enough with an uneducated “voter” base, since it is way easier to control sheeple than people.

Congratulations to those who did work hard and did achieve the scores they were hoping for; your education is something which nobody can take away from you once you have gained it.

All of the best for 2013

Religion … why would pick a fight about it?

I am surprised to see the whole Online debate regarding religion and faith here on News24 between die-hard fanatics on both sides of the religious divide.

Everyday each and every one of us experience countless challenges and obstacles!

We see our fellow countrymen suffer in the cold, we give them a cold look or a rude gesture and just wish they would disappear and not ask us anything.

We hear and see the neighbor behind us, violently shouting at his wife after a night out  and threating her with physical violence, yet we keep quiet.

We see the injustice that is brought upon the children of South Africa and the world because of a pathetic educational systems, full of people who are there only because it is a job and not a passion, yet we do nothing.

We contend with reckless drivers on the roads just to get from point A to B.

We ourselves face the possibility of falling victim to some heinous act of crime,  so why ….

“Why?”

Why would anyone even care if there is a God, god, gods, Gods … with our immediate environment being the way it is.

What is the point spending time fighting a pointless fight which is actually more of a personal choice than anything else?

Could this time spent on fighting each other not be used more productively?

Could this time not be used to pool our collective resources and come up with solutions to our common problems like inequity, violent crime, corruption; to halt the rate of the social decay around us and to turn it around so that we can work towards our survival as a species?

Why would the non believers care if someone believe in a spiritual deity?

Why would the believers care that the non believers just don’t have any faith?

How does this have a direct influence on our lives?

We are in the here and now, we have to fix it now to have a future.

Personally, I believe in God, but I don’t care if you care of not, because it gives me purpose in life to better my immediate environment for everyone around me.

Get your acts together and start being productive, not only the people here in South Africa, but anyone who might stumble onto this blog by sheer coincidence.

Can’t wait for the new Wave, even though it scares me

On a bit of an anarchistic note;

I can’t wait for a Civil Society in South Africa, but it scares me to think what we will most likely go through to achieve that goal.

Che Guevara said the following

The feeling of revolt will grow stronger every day among the peoples subjected to various degrees of exploitation, and they will take up arms to gain by force the rights which reason alone has not won them.

This is what scares me, and I hope we could find a way around it, but can a Revolution truly be without bloodshed?

Or have we paid enough through the years, the years under the Apartheid system, and now under the Rainbow Nation? Paid with the blood of our loved ones because of a decedent ANC led Government who can’t clamp down on violent crime?

I believe that we have paid enough for the mistakes, driven by human greed of those who came before us.

Now it is time that we make our voices heard and stand up against a Government that is only in play as to satisfy their goals for self enrichment.

We should take this stance to every Government around the world who make the people their slaves.