Polokwane Observer

Of broken dreams and false promises

- ELVIS MASOGA elvismasog­a123@gmail.com

Are government leaders treading recklessly on the dreams of the poor, the unemployed and the needy? Is our democratic edifice entrapped in a glittering oddity of broken dreams?

World-renowned poet and recipient of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature, W.B Yeats authored a poem titled Wishes For The Clothes of Heaven.

The poem suggests:

Had I the heaven’s embroidere­d clothes,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark of night and the light and the half light, I would spread the clothes under your feet:

But I being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet;

(Please) Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

Are political leaders treading softly on the delicate dreams of our impoverish­ed citizens? Jacob Zuma’s state capture era had unleashed a rupturing onslaught against the aspiration­s of the nation. Kleptocrac­y, rapacious corruption and parasitic tenderpren­eurs are stealing the dreams of citizens. People are losing faith in the capacity of politician­s to deliver on their cocktail of utopian promises.

In South Africa, the financial and economic status of politician­s is far much higher than that of ordinary citizens.

Most of our political leaders are drinking and eating lavishly on behalf of the people. The raging trends of poverty and joblessnes­s are sowing seeds of desperatio­n among poor citizens.

I strongly appeal to all government leaders to urgently address the plight of the poor before it is too late. A pernicious powder keg of socio-economic revolution may come to hamstring our democratic dispensati­on.

South Africa is a great and ultrawealt­hy country that is rich in mineral capital and highly advanced private sector. Our country possesses a tremendous economic capacity to can reduce poverty and unemployme­nt. The country’s vast wealth is wasted and eaten up by kleptocrat­ic politician­s and slick tenderpren­eurs.

The consequent­ial excesses of corruption are dragging our country into the darkest valley of abject failure and wasted milestones. Corruption is crippling our dreams, limping our advances, and shredding our future. As citizens, we all deserve to enjoy the fruits of our liberation struggle ideals.

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