Instead of romanticizing Afrikaner nationalism and its “R10 a member” college, and bemoaning the natives’ drinking and general wastefulness – and not pooling our money to build such institutions ourselves – why are we not holding the people who preside over our fiscus accountable?
Almost three decades into “democracy”, with trillions spent by the ANC government, not a single city has been built by them. Almost every major industry has been decimated. All the major SOEs have been sold, or are being mismanaged to facilitate their sale for a pittance.
Yet, we blame the victims of the ANC’s lack of leadership for not bypassing the government (with the billions they have at their disposal annually to uplift the majority) and doing everything themselves. We’re so reluctant to hold these charlatans accountable.
The Afrikaners we now applaud for contributing R10 each monthly, to build a R300m college, did not pull themselves out of poverty by pooling money together outside of government intervention. They used the state machinery (SOEs) to build industries in order to better their lives.
Yet, we’re made to believe that natives can pull themselves out of poverty and inequality by bypassing the state and doing it alone. The apartheid government had multiple banks to cater for the different needs of their community. The ANC government has done away with all of that.
Today we’re told that natives must pool their money together, jump through hoops to get mutual bank licenses from the SARB, when the government can easily mandate for each province to have a provincial mutual bank as a start, with a state bank nationally.
There is no willingness by the ANC to uplift the majority of South Africans living in poverty. Their job is placating natives and making them think that the bare minimum they receive is all they deserve. Our mistake is that we refuse to imagine our reality outside ANC rule.
We come up with all manner of excuses to justify why we don’t just remove the ANC from power, and vote for a party than can implement policies that will bring change to uplift the majority, failing which, they would also face the chop.
While we’re scared to remove the ANC from power, the party is busy grossly mismanaging the very SOEs that should be in the forefront of the fight against unemployment and poverty, and giving them away to the private sector on the cheap. The ANC has no solutions to our problems.
For South Africa to survive, the ANC needs to die. The continued existence of the ANC – especially in power – is a sure death knell for the country.
~ written by Motšwa Gae: Social Activist and Proponent of Black Emancipation.