Harsh Times, not only in South Africa, but the World

Things have been rough in the geopolitical sphere for a while now, but this most people have noticed to a degree I think since one can often hear them speaking about it in little groups, but as individual cases not linked together, and I am guessing, not totally grasping the influence in how it will define us as human beings in a time to come in the not so distant future I believe.

The gap between the “Have’s” and the “have not’s” are growing wider every single moment, never mind day.  

Oxfam has released a report stating that in 2016 the richest 1% of the population will own more than half of the World’s wealth. A staggering wake up call if one realizes that this means 80 of the richest billionaires will own the same amount as that of the bottom 50% of the Earth’s population!

How on Earth did we get to this point?  Where the gap is so gigantic and so unevenly spread?

Well, we forgot who we are, where we came from, and what our actual goal must be, and somewhere, along the journey we started out as wandering nomads, we forgot, or maybe just neglected the fact that we are all “stuck” on this little blue Goldilocks planet, and that we must evolve to explore beyond our current limitations.  Simply put, we stopped evolving and started devolving.

The dissident and the uproar of voices from the “have not’s” has been slowly, but steadily been climbing because of the steady flow of information in this digital age, the easy accessibly to this information, and also very often, misinformation.

Regardless of the misinformation, the tolerance for corrupt leaders who “lead” from a position of opulence is dwindling as more and more suffer the instabilities and unjust standards of living, or maybe I should say existence to which the majority of the Earth’s populace are subjected.

An example of this would be the grown disparity between the “have not’s” in South Africa, most of them from the “previously disadvantaged” who gained freedom through the efforts of liberators such and knowledgeable men like Mandela, Biko, De Klerk to name a few.  These “have not’s” as a majority group of the black populace of South Africa are mostly still disadvantaged, and little to nothing has changed for them since the end of Apartheid South Africa.

I want to stop a moment here to sketch you a picture of why these “have not’s”  will soon come into revolt against a system which is not working for them.

The Steyn City’s of South Africa is a glaring example of how the capitalistic way of life accompanied by globalization.  Of course these are not the only factor which brought to life the abomination of the Have’sand the “have not’s”  that is today the “Class Divide”, but this does not matter to the “have not”, because he does not care how it came to be, he just knows that it is unjust for him to live either in squalor, or to slave away at an average job, living an average life in order to maintain the opulent lifestyle of the “Have’s”.

Evidence in this can be seen in uprisings all over South Africa.  Yes, uprisings, not protests, because there is a very clear difference between the two.

A Protest is defined as the following:
A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something

Where as an Uprising can be defined as the following:
An act of resistance or rebellion; a revolt

A few examples of the unhappiness about the normal run of the day Modus Operandi of the South African Government can been seen in the often, and very often violent “service delivery protests” which is going on around South Africa today, for example Marikana, Randfontein, Alexandra and for me, which was one of the most important and significant uprisings, the Ficksburg uprising, where a man I believe to be a true patriot towards the cause of the “have not’s” gave his life, Andries Tatane.

This is a phenomenon that is sticking out it’s head all over the globe, and with increased frequency.  People who are sicked and tired of the normal Modus Operandi of their own Governments and big corporations, this, compounded by rising crime rates, the increase in violent criminal behavior, the apparent perception of social decay and the loss of moral and ethical behavior with a very real increase in the costs of survival is opening up the eyes of the people to a great extent, where I believe that full on revolutions, the likes of the French Revolution and the Russian October Revolution is in our collective near future if things don’t change drastically.

Political turmoil all over the globe has pushed up the instability that we as a species experience, and this turmoil is mostly caused by our very own greed factor, the need to have more than one can use.

To quote a great man who has made a profound impression on my life:

The miracle is this:  The more we share the more we have” – the late Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

He also coined it in his role on board the Star-ship Enterprise in the movie Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan when he said famously said ” Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

This my friends is just a peep into the crisis we as a collective human race face. Only together will we be able to survive the onslaught on our humanity which we are going to face in the not so distant future.

Namaste

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

Civil Disobedience, the “Not my Dog” phenomenon

Firstly, I would like to thank the motorists who had the patience and understanding for slow-go on the N1 and N3, thanks for the hooting, the smiles, the nodding heads and the thumbs up signs.

I’ve been very vocal and critical about the thieving Government over the last couple of months.  I’ve posted here on News24 about it and I’ve also spread the word about what is going on in South Africa to my friends overseas in the attempt to expose the real South Africa to those who think the Rainbow Nation is a reality.

During this time the realization of the situation sank in, and I was faced with the brutal but hard reality of the fact which we all know in our hearts to be true.

“Talk is cheap, money buys the whiskey”

I’ve seen all the comments, I’ve read all the opinions, I’ve seen insults about race and political parties flying around, but I’ve not yet seen anyone go over to action … and that is exactly what COSATU’s protest was, going over to action against a system which has been rolled out by a Government who has squandered all the tax money available to them on inflated public sector salaries and who’s members have been dipping their hands down the cookie jar (some who were exposed) and stealing the state coffers dry.

We have already paid for these roads, the same way we have already paid for Eskom infrastructure, but Government always wants more and more … 

I am proud to say that I stopped bemoaning our plight yesterday, and started doing something positive about it.

Everyone with a bit of common sense understands the implications of the e-Toll system and the effect that it will have on their personal lifestyles and in the great scheme of things, and this is what has me worried.

I am worried that there is so little involvement from you … Yes, you, the reader of this opinion.

You are the the one who is going to be negatively affected by this system, you are the one who is already carrying the burden on your shoulders for Government’s failed policies, and yet you were missing.

I know my previous statement is a gross generalization, because a handful of your might have been there, but certainly not the bulk of the News24 reader base

You are the informed reader, the one with the education, you are the one with connections and ideas but you did not show up.

Don’t worry though, you were not the only ones, as we were driving down the N1 I failed to see any cars with OUTA signs or slogans, I didn’t see any of the opposition parties nor any other civil groups … and this is my mind is cause for great concern.

We are all, and I mean everyone, in the same boat, with a captain (read Zuma) and crew (read Government) which have no idea what they are doing, and it is up to us, the passengers of this boat to get more involved in our own futures and those around us, before the captain steers us into the rocks on the horizon.

Please, I ask of you, the reader, think on this, and the next time there is a call to arms, that you would seriously consider taking a day’s leave and standing up for your rights.

We can not expect of COSATU to fight these type of battles alone, we must, as a nation stand together without any regards for colour, race or creed.

With everything going down, the notorious Info Bill, the e-Toll system, the state of our Education system, the blatant corruption which gets exposed, we, as the bulk of the tax paying South African citizens have the chance to take hands and to fight this beast together.

Everyone is GATVOL of non-service delivery from the Government’s side, and we have the power to make a difference through civil disobedience …

You can make a difference!