Africa Belongs To Africans

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

The ANC has betrayed our dreams. They now think that the ANC is more important than South Africa. Some loud mouth once brazenly retorted that the ANC was here long before South Africa was. How insightful? It is time we remind them that South Africa belongs to South Africans and not the ANC, writes Thandolwethu Mene. 

I read with great dismay that the government now is devising a plan to expropriate taxes from South Africans working abroad. This for me feels like the only thing that the government does is to find ways in which they can get their hands on the public’s pockets.

I for one am of the firm view that the government does not have the best interest of the country or the safety of its citizens at heart but to rob them blind. You don’t believe me? Go ask the family of Stephen McGowan what they think. If our government really did what it is supposed to be doing which is keep its citizens safe, he would be home by now.

It is our collective choice though. We are the ones that voted a pack of wolves into power and we expected them to change. How gullible are we? They have mercilessly shown us who they are and they continue to do so each and every single passing day.

The greatest trick that they pulled on us is to make us all to collectively believe that we are nothing without them. We absolutely depend on them. I don’t think like that, you may not think so but the vast voting majority of South Africans do.

So where does this majority coming from, if not you and me? It is the 17,094,331 people who depend on social grants for a living. The currently high pregnancy rate at high schools of high school children is going to have a huge plus impact on this figure next year.

If children are not taught at school they inevitably find something else to do. The sad reality is that it is the poor who suffer most from this because middle class kids have parents who spend time with them teaching them how to be behave.

Do we really not have a choice? Cue in Mmusi Maimane screaming at the top of his voice that the DA is the best alternative. The black middle class screams back; “We don’t believe you are in control.” Julius Malema seizes the opportunity and shouts that he is a president in waiting. That rhetoric works on his fellow “revolutionaries”. All rational folk know that no matter how effective Juju is at what he does he is not presidential and he far more often than not betrays traits of dictatorship.

He may well be hailed by his camaraderie as Commander In Chief but that doesn’t bode well with the rest of the population who believe that all are equal. We cannot allow ourselves to be treated like sheep who do not think for themselves and will willingly swallow whatever tripe is dished out by those who claim to have the best interest of the nation at heart while their actions betray their true intentions.

The ANC has betrayed our dreams. They now think that the ANC is more important than South Africa. Some loud mouth once brazenly retorted that the ANC was here long before South Africa was. How insightful? It is time we remind them that South Africa belongs to South Africans and not the ANC.

South Africa is for all who live in it and not the ANC. We have placed our trust in the ANC for so long. Now we should make our voices heard when we tell the ANC in no uncertain words; “You do not own our future!”

Thandolwethu Mene is an Afrocentric writer/director at African Native Media House www.afrikanativemh.com. He bought his Media Studies degree at the University of Cape Town but unfortunately had to spend four years attending lecturers, writing essays and exams due to White Monopoly Capital. Guess that’s what you get for being not connected politically. He dabbles with teaching at Kgomotso High School in Pretoria for two years 2011 to 2012. He liked it so much that he went to Japan to do the same thing in 2013 to 2017. That is when he started travelling Eastern Asian countries and appropriating their culture.