My Dearest Government: You’re forcing me to give up – Part 2

Lerato Mannya

It’s relatively correct to say its still a new year. Most of you have been reminded of the financial hardships of January (isn’t it ironic how January sounds like “Jan-U-Worry”). With the cost of living in South Africa being so high that people are borrowing money just to support their basic needs, we still have a government that continues to waste R81 million (as heartless as this may sound) on Rhino’s while there are people who can’t even afford proper housing. Scam artists or fraudsters should you choose to call them that are aware of this lack of housing and that people are desperate for housing ownership due in part to our government’s short comings but that’s a topic for another day.

Systems being brought into place like the e-Toll that requires people to pay to use the roads to pay back a loan that government took out that (it seems) the people were unaware of, granted we the public cannot know everything that our government does in our “name” but we should have access to the information documented about the various deals if it doesn’t involve national security. This would create awareness and more importantly transparency, which could lead to accountability. Since we are a nation I question why only one province should have to pay back a loan that they weren’t responsible for taking out in the first place? Yet its this same province that contributes the most to the government in the form of taxes?

We have marches against paintings but where are the marches against woman’s rights, crime, corruption, and infringements on people’s rights?

Our parliament continues to consider signing laws that will protect the corrupt officials and hold whistle blowers and the media responsible, why does our parliament not listen to the people? Not forgetting the proposed traditional bill, which is speculated by skeptics to send women’s rights back to the dark ages.

What is the point of having one of the world’s best constitutions if all it does is continue to protect those who have enough money and power to “buy” those who need to make sure that all legal proceedings are fair and just for all the people in SA, even those who have next to nothing?

We are a nation so divided that it seems as though it’s “every man for himself”, we as a nation have forgotten how much power we hold, we allow our government to get away with too many things and they continue to do it because we don’t hold them accountable for their actions.

Why South Africa?

Why do we allow this to happen?

What happened to us?

Why are we so lazy to fight for our rights?

Is it a case of the mentality that “we have no power” that has us so firmly gripped that we don’t know what to do?

Do we as a nation feel defeated?

In a recent talk show radio interview on SAfm about a piece I had written “A born free generation held captive”  I had so many callers tell me not to lose faith but where are the freethinkers who challenge our government from within government? Who question the decisions being made because they don’t make sense logically? It can’t only be opposition parties that do that. You can’t as a high profile member of the ruling party just stand aside and shake your head as bad illogical decisions are being passed. For me that make’s you an accomplice against the very people you are elected to represent. You are morally corrupt by association.

My dear government, why does it seem as though the people in this country are only relevant and important to you when you when you need their votes?

Why are there so many officials above the law?

Time and time again we see articles about corrupt officials, yet no one is held accountable. Why are those who are meant to implement the law continuously breaking it? Where are the consequences?

Granted every government is corrupt in one way or another, but it’s not put on public display at an international level. That my dear government, is a risk to SA because it shows international investors ALL our problems and our incapability to handle situations before they are played out on an international scale and let’s be honest, how many people are willing to invest in something that seems as though it’s too much of a risk and they’re most probably going to make a loss? Then again you as the government already know this.

The people have questions, please stop telling us to “not talk SA down” when we are doing it because we are crying for you to answer the many things we question. Take some time and start thinking of creative ways to combat certain political and social issues, because I’m sorry to tell you this but a press statement just isn’t good enough anymore.

You expect me to have faith in this country, then you need to start working to prove to me that I can and should have faith in you, the people leading this country.

Start delivering, stop making excuses and justifying your screw-ups and act upon all that YOU have promised. Take responsibility for your actions and stop expecting South Africans to stop asking questions. Allow those with fresh idea’s to HELP you build a better South Africa, trust me in the long run, it’ll be better for all of us. If you want my vote, then work for it and prove to me that you deserve it.

Stop undermining the intelligence of your people and start embracing it; it’s the best way to leave a legacy that we can all be proud of, one that adds to our already rich history.

Stop dragging the legacy you fought so hard for through the mud.

Enough is enough.

 

For those who missed Part 1, here is the link: http://voices.news24.com/lerato-mannya/2012/12/my-dearest-government-youre-forcing-me-to-give-up-part-1/

 

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Lerato Mannya

Ngoako Lerato Mannya is a young graphic designer & photographer from Johannesburg and a graduate of the Design School of Southern Africa. A passionate strong-minded opinionated person who absolutely loves politics and as a result has managed to develop a "hot temper" like attitude when it comes to debating and productive disagreements. A lover all things related to art, photography, social media, entertainment and social issues. My opinions are not for the faint-hearted or the close minded.

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