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have to give all his earn­ings to some­one else.

He saves all his money and uses some on his chil­dren. Af­ter many years, the white man has enough cash to start a busi­ness and his well ed­u­cated chil­dren run the busi­ness which does so well the le­gacy lives on for­ever.

The black man, how­ever, re­turns home with noth­ing to show for all his tra­vails. Upon his ar­rival, his chil­dren are at home with­out jobs be­cause they were not able to go to school since their fa­ther was too busy sup­port­ing an en­tire clan and could not af­ford to pay their fees.

Now, what shall they all do, they sit and pounder hard? The cy­cle be­gins all over again. His chil­dren go off to the mines to work and con­tinue to sup­port this huge fam­ily struc­ture.

The prob­lem with this men­tal­ity is that when one per­son does well in life, fam­ily mem­bers all gather around and make sure they eat off the sweat of their labour.

When one has a busi­ness, say a taxi busi­ness, friends and fam­ily of such a per­son ex­pect to ride free of charge and have their lug­gage de­liv­ered wher­ever they please.

They seem to for­get that for a car to move there has to be petrol and proper main­te­nance. If the owner re­fuses to com­ply, he is deemed cruel and they pray that the busi­ness floun­ders.

What such peo­ple do not see is that most black busi­ness­men fail be- cause, in­stead of sup­port, their loved ones pull them down. How long will a busi­ness last if fam­ily mem­bers ex­pect free ser­vices?

When a rich black man dies, his busi­ness is likely to die with him be­cause those who in­herit the busi­ness are only in­ter­ested in its prof­its.

How­ever, when most white peo­ple start a busi­ness, they know that they are build­ing a le­gacy that will live on long af­ter they are dead. Their fam­ily learns the ropes of the busi­ness early on to en­sure seam­less suc­ces­sion.

The chil­dren of such a man study and learn all they must to carry the le­gacy fore­word. How­ever, the chil­dren of most black en­trepreneurs act dif­fer­ently.

They refuse to study and at­tend school, be­cause they see no point since their fa­ther is rich and will leave them a healthy in­her­i­tance. Most will be­come school drop outs and tell who­ever urges them to study that there is no need see­ing that they have se­cured jobs in the fam­ily busi­ness.

When the time comes for them to take over, they know noth­ing about the busi­ness and so it fails and even­tu­ally closes down. This has be­come so com­mon that when­ever a rich man dies, we know his wealth will soon fol­low.

In the black com­mu­nity the chil­dren of the rich men are de­stroy­ers of wealth, not its guardians. When a black man opens a store, we do not go into it un­less we see whites shop­ping there.

If there are no whites we know the stan­dard is low. We do not trust each other or up lift each other. Black peo­ple teach their chil­dren that whites are bet­ter with­out re­al­is­ing it. When a black per­son is suc­cess­ful and em­ploys oth­ers he is called lekhooa mean­ing white per­son.

When one builds them­selves a nice house and lives in luxury, peo­ple say “he thinks he is a lekhooa”. When one vis­its a friend’s place and finds it beau­ti­ful he will go around telling peo­ple that so and so’s house is like that of a lekhooa.

We aspire to be like them with­out re­al­iz­ing it and that is what causes so many prob­lems in our lives. What we should be do­ing is learn­ing from them not wish­ing to be them.

White peo­ple tend to have con­cen­trated wealth be­cause they do not put ef­fort in what lasts for a few hours or days.

When there is a fu­neral in a black com­mu­nity, there is a feast. Ev­ery­one will eat and drink while the be­reaved fam­ily will be left stranded.

The white com­mu­nity pre­pares a few fin­ger foods and some drinks and it ends there.

With the black com­mu­nity, the whole event lasts for weeks. Be­fore the fu­neral, women gather at the de­ceased’s home and of­fer prayer and ex­pect food at the end of the ser­vice.

They say they are help­ing out when in fact they are caus­ing poverty. Men who dig graves ex­pect some food and al­co­hol too.

Every­body wants a share, not to men­tion the rel­a­tives who, for some rea­son, re­main to fin­ish up what’s left. We spend money on mat­ters that do not bring in more money but drain it.

In the black com­mu­nity, lead­ers are seen as deities and are wor­shipped end­lessly. Black peo­ple do not have the courage to stand up to their lead­ers even when in the wrong be­cause they fear what they will do to them.

Truth is lead­ers end up vic­tim­iz­ing those who speak up be­cause we as peo­ple do not sup­port our brave peo­ple. We look at them and won­der “if he keeps say­ing all th­ese things how will he feed his chil­dren if he loses his job?” In the black com­mu­nity, fe­male chil­dren are a curse and are ex­tremely side­lined.

A fe­male born in a royal fam­ily is re­garded as a nonen­tity while her broth­ers are gods. The United King­dom has proved that fe­male lead­ers can of­fer so much to the world yet black com­mu­ni­ties still re­sist.

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