Take charge of change

Grocott's Mail - - YOUR SAY -

Out­spo­ken cit­i­zens ex­pressed in­dig­na­tion at the ‘no con­fi­dence’ out­come. But among oth­ers, there was re­lief that Pres­i­dent Zuma was not re­moved from of­fice.

A mes­sage in one of my What­sApp groups read, “Amen… hal­lelu­jah… siyabonga Nkosi... This would have been a taboo to our na­tion. Ngabe kuqhuma ithayi phezuko­muntu om­nyama now (By now we would be wit­ness­ing black peo­ple be­ing burnt alive with a tyre around their head).”

Some feared civil war; oth­ers were al­ways con­fi­dent the Pres­i­dent would re­main.

Why protest if change isn’t pos­si­ble? Why not just be grate­ful for what­ever we get?

Our sys­tems con­di­tion us into be­liev­ing change is not pos­si­ble: such per­cep­tions are mis­taken and dan­ger­ous.

Be­cause things do change, whether we drive them or not. That’s why it’s best to di­rect it: if you don’t, oth­ers will take the steer­ing wheel.

Pres­i­dent Zuma re­mains to­day ‒ but like ev­ery­thing else, change will come for him even­tu­ally. The ques­tion is how not Pres­i­dent Zuma, but we as cit­i­zens, will deal with that change.

Change doesn’t al­ways mean progress. In South Africa we moved from an op­pres­sive state to one cor­rupt and elu­sive. We can eas­ily re­place Pres­i­dent Zuma with another un­suit­able can­di­date.

How do we en­sure South Africans are ready for the change we want to see?

•Lin­del­waNx­eleis­the Ad­vo­ca­cyIm­pactPro­gramme

Of­fi­cer,PublicSer­vice Ac­count­abil­i­tyMon­i­tor(PSAM).

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