Look­ing in a new di­rec­tion

Grocott's Mail - - MAKANA VOICES -

We are ar­chi­tects of our own des­tiny. It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to shape our fu­ture di­rec­tion to re­vive the spirit of hope in the land.

Cross-sec­tions of the peo­ple in large num­bers saw the need to unite against the pre­vi­ous sys­tem and cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for all South Africans re­gard­less of their colour, sex, gen­der, creed, so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus, or sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion to fully par­tic­i­pate in every as­pect of so­ci­ety.

The ad­vent of free­dom brought the hope that the “bet­ter life for all" prom­is­sory notes would be trans­lated into ac­tion - for­get­ting that the trans­fer of power was con- ducted within an elit­ist frame­work con­nected to global im­per­a­tives. The sys­tem is bi­ased to­wards the in­ter­ests of the few who en­joy the pre­pon­der­ance of eco­nomic power.

Politi­cians tread care­fully to en­sure their ac­tions are not in­ter­preted by this group as en­croach­ing on its space.

Our free­dom should be un­der­stood within this con­text.

The trans­fer of power through an elit­ist con­duit led to the es­tab­lish­ment of a po­lit­i­cal and so­cial sys­tem re­sem­bling the past.

The su­per-struc­ture of so­ci­ety has, rel­a­tively, been di­ver­si­fied de­mo­graph­i­cally.

The eco­nomic in­fras­truc- ture, on the other hand, shows a racial power struc­ture and this in­her­ent lim­i­ta­tion un­der­mines the demo­cratic project.

The largest elec­toral base (Blacks in gen­eral and Africans in par­tic­u­lar), is trapped in a sea of poverty.

Come elec­tions, they are widely courted for votes. Post elec­tions, their liv­ing con­di­tions re­main the same.

In cer­tain ar­eas, pock­ets of ex­cel­lence and qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery are no­tice­able. Un­for­tu­nately, these are over­shad­owed by the avalanche of mis­de­meanours.

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