This is the only country black South Africans have. If our people don’t work at making it a success, we are digging our own premature graves.
Given what appears to be the increasingly fragile political trajectory people are calling for, it is increasingly difficult to remain optimistic and positive about this great country’s future. Government plans and policies aimed at promoting true progress (i.e. building a self-sustaining economy vs destroying it) are countered, stifled, and denigrated by ruling and opposition party members alike. Calls for anarchy are becoming the order of the day as lesser political parties are given major media play. The silent black majority in our country are muzzled as their words seemingly carry no weight. Those that speak out are labeled and threatened or intimidated. The voiceless remain without a voice. Yet the majority and voiceless are the prime victims of the unfolding chaos.
I have always maintained that I would rather be part of an imperfect solution than a forced participant in another horrific catastrophe like in Zimbabwe or Venezuela. Yet, it seems that many across the political, racial, and religious divides are calling for exactly that – forced entry into a failed socialist abyss. Credo Mutwa talked about his experience in 1959 with a friend in Lesotho, that describes the ‘beast of the blanket’, with long black robes, white face and black eyes. This ‘beast’ is analogous to the evil path to which the African National Congress has guided us.
Without a strong economy to feed the ANC ‘beast’, Mzansi will continue to slide into chaos, with eventual inevitable armed conflict within our own borders, as the ‘Have-Not’s’ attack the ‘Have’s ‘ in misguided desperation. Extreme elements want to expedite this with calls for civil war, which are increasingly and disturbingly gaining traction, not only from the uneducated, the impoverished, those who have lost hope and those that were misled with false promises, but also from senior political figures and perception creators who are intimating ‘blood must flow’. Problem is, no one knows who the real enemy is.
The majority of people are not prepared for bloodletting. Those who are preparing, e.g. political parties and minority groups, are already establishing so-called ‘military wings’. Others have already begun stockpiling weapons and ammunition, including small-scale weapons of mass destruction (chemical), and other specialized weapons used for crippling key elements of our already unstable infrastructure. It is ironic that the majority population, whose silence is endorsing the anarchists, will be the least prepared for the coming civil war.
The reality is that the political clock cannot be turned backwards. Nor can it be fast-forwarded without considering the chaos and uncertainty it can create.
What is cause for some concern is that those who seem to be calling for an immediate fast-forward to encourage conflict and war in our country, have very little to no idea what they are truly calling for. I doubt they have walked through the figurative rivers of blood, or seen and smelled the bloated bodies of the dead.
Perhaps they should be sent to see how painful wars can be – the Mfecane wars, Ndwandwe–Zulu war, the Gukurahundi Massacres, DRC, Cameroon, Libya, northeast Nigeria, Niger, South Sudan, or Somalia to get some sense … or possibly even Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen or Syria.
When one reads, hears, or sees the daily news, regardless which medium is used, it is obvious the calls for an armed uprising are steadily increasing. The snowball effect this will bring to Mzansi is a lack of investor confidence (domestic and foreign investment), destruction of the country and its infrastructure along with property, the killing of fellow-citizens—and ultimately, national bankruptcy and cataclysmic failure. The rhetoric that is currently being spouted by the conflict callers and false prophets of doom, complete with ‘false facts’, is adding to the looming chaos.
The path from ‘reasonable economic and political stability’ to state fragility is gathering momentum, and is being fuelled by the ANC on a daily basis. The lessons of history have been conveniently ignored by those who should know better – but don’t, or won’t heed the wisdom of past experience.
State departments, municipalities, state-owned enterprises, and large critical service providers are collapsing and, in some instances, have already collapsed. Coupled to this sorry state of affairs, corruption, blatant theft, financial mismanagement (another term for theft), industrial action and sabotage, a shrinking economy, rising unemployment, organised crime, incompetence, unsolved murders and rapes, protests, strikes and violent marches, hate speech, and more, have simply added to the steady degradation of our country, under the chokehold of this parasitic ANC.
Our falling currency does not help matters, and merely makes the poor even poorer. Paid-for services can no longer be expected—instead, one is deemed fortunate if they are indeed even delivered. Taxpayers are being slowly choked to death or forced to leave the country. Others are driven away by an increasing crime tidal wave. The homes of those that can afford it are now secured by walls, gates, electric fencing, cameras, dogs, and private security guards. Conditions in informal settlements are inhuman. ANC Cadres in government should be embarrassed, but they are not, as they sit in their mansions sipping expensive cognac. A noteworthy point is there are more blacks requesting visas to leave our country than whites – a very telling sign we need to acknowledge, and think deeply about.
Every traffic light hides a potential ambush, carjacking, or robbery. Political rhetoric has successfully divided the country along economic, racial, and tribal lines. The sense of entitlement that has permeated our society is now considered the new norm. In fact, ‘entitlement’ is viewed by some as a ‘human right’. Few people embrace the common sense advice from our fallen heroes – Mandela, MLK, Hani, Biko – in fact their words of wisdom are often treated lightly and discarded. Instead we embrace callous murderers of our people, like Mugabe, Gaddafi , and numerous other scoundrels, bigots and anarchists. These false prophets have shed more black blood than any white man.
Our Constitution has become a document that holds no value to some. All constitutions are occasionally subjected to debates, reviews, and changes, but to ‘Wikipediarize’ it by rewriting elements thereof to suit specific political narratives is a folly that will result in massive political and economic aftershocks, and upheaval.
Hollow attempts by the Presidency to halt this mess and restore order are being met with fierce resistance by those whose who appointed themselves the sole beneficiaries of the country’s wealth. The very emotive issue of land has become a major political stage that is being exploited by all sides. Still the government keeps the millions of unused & idle hectares of land they own a well kept secret, all whilst they make plans to abscond productive land from private owners.
Over the past weeks I have watched us slide deeper towards chaos. It has also made me realise that attempts at finding a solution are rapidly becoming wishful thinking.
Whereas governments may come and go, the State remains. We seem to be heading towards a failed state that will need to cope with generational and institutionalised damage, far worse than ever seen in Mzansi’s history. Most black South Africans have no desire to be living in a failed state. And unless drastic government intervention is exercised, it seems it is no longer a matter of ‘if’ but of ‘when’.
It is no wonder that so many beyond our borders and our shores view us as a shithole. The traitors in government are digging the disgusting hole deeper, and leaving it uncovered for the poor suffering people of Mzansi to fall into, killing & suffocating themselves in their own filth.
There is no turning back, the witch’s servant has guided us to the dangerously warm embrace of the ‘beast of the blanket’.
Our surviving generations need to ask ‘how did we let this happen?’
By Victor Mosehla