Note from the author: This is my first attempt at writing a political opinion piece any constructive criticism is welcomed as it will benefit my writing thus.
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South Africa is at odds with itself. The current fragmented state of this country’s politics serves as accurate representation of the turmoil that is experienced by a divided heart.
South Africa is one country yet it finds itself unable to agree with all of its own parts. Like arms that walk and legs that hold, somehow its true purpose or function has lost all manner of effectiveness.
With the fees must fall protests, South Africa walking out on the ICC, price hikes, a quarrelsome labour force, the confusing trial of it’s finance minister, the appointment of a new public protector and a head of state who is possibly unable to grapple with the complexities of a people whose voice has matured and become argumentative and a people that challenges; South Africa has become a cauldron that threatens to bubble over. And with this uncontainable force no lid appears wide enough to contain the angry, hot and reaching contents.
I could blame all of this incredibly bracing force on poor leadership, but I would go so far as to say that more than that South Africa is the vicitim of a leadership plagued by cultural patriarchy that condescends to its youth. Its people have fallen prey to a “old world” leadership that has not matured nor evolved with its own growth.
There is a refusal of the older generation of the African National Congress to grapple with the concerns of a younger, more independent demographic. Hardly able to deal with demands of its already complaining segment of the population – that is those individuals that live on or below the breadline, South Africa’s leadership is inundated from all sides with the outcry of a discontented people.
If Zuma, was lured into his position of head of state by a simplistic view of life at “the top”, surely now he has bore witness to the force of the people, who can no longer be ignored – a people whose demands will not be quelled by a promise of more jobs, and access to education.
Do we not, yet again find ourselves in a circus, where limber limbs bound acrobatically away in an attempt to avoid the increasingly complex and surmounting challenges in a disquieted populace.
What will happen next in an environment that has turned to chaos, as indivuals such as the public protector and the finance minister, the protesting students of the fees must fall, amongst others have become chess pieces to be manipulated, discarded or disdained, in a game of pawns.