'Division in the country'
by Martin Ellis
2010-03-23 11:20 With reference to the link below - Read Comments (On the link)
It's my view that we as a country are treading on dangerous ground. Over the past months and since the election of Jacob Zuma there has been a growing sense of anxiety amongst racial groups.
The elected party has for the first time since 1994 has had face tough critics on its delivery to the people and especially the poor. This started with a rift amongst ANC leadership, resulting in the loss of Western Cape and eventually people ripping up towns and streets to get the message of government service failure across.
Instead of curbing corruption, taking small steps to ensure delivery of quality services and leading by example the ANC has opted for a resurrection of the struggle. Instead of leveraging skill of all races they have gone back to the only thing they know - pointing to the white man and saying there is your problem. I take issue with this, especially as it is becoming more blatant and without ambiguity. There is a vague resembles to the reference Wag the Dog - creating an "apartheid" to struggle against. And there will be no winners in this struggle.
The signs of a strong arm state are slowly beginning to take root, a seemingly 3rd force of police is operating on behalf of ANC - vocal youth group leaders are incited to spread the voice of hatred. Elected leaders within the leading party are less and less motivated to talk this down and even openly defending hate speech with vague arguments of keeping the memory of the struggle alive.
We have to understand this tipping point; the significance of service delivery protests should not be under estimated. If people want any type of future in this country they must not get dragged into an emotional battle with people like Julius - this is by design.
Focus every effort, every ounce of energy to help educate and alleviate poverty. It's the only way to avoid the course being headed for now.