Just today I learnt of an ex-student of mine who lost his father as he was shot in front of his family at a braai in KZN, all because of a botched robbery/raid. Now there are a number of factors/people that could be blamed for this but what good would that be, it's never going to bring Ray back.
I know I'm not qualified to be giving this advice but feel I need to:
Dear Mr. Jacob Zuma
Please sir, we want some more! We want more love, more peace, more care and most importantly more control.
I'm a proud South African, a South African who has learnt so much about his country by not living in it for the last 6 months. Our country is beautiful, its plentiful and it's in trouble. You don't know me and probably never will, but I'd like to tell you about the country I live in , for now.
Its just as beautiful as ours, has diverse cultures, multiple races and a past. There is just one difference and that is that this country has respect for all its residents, whether local or not. I wasn't born here, I mean I've only been here for 6 months so couldn't have been. I have not been treated differently since my arrival, in fact I have been treated like family, like part of the furniture. To be honest I think there is just one simple phrase which sums it up: "I'm respected here!"
I think SA is in trouble and I know that there are people who can help fix that. We need to respect each other. That means owning up to our mistakes, accepting our differences and acknowledging that we can't do everything on our own.
I have a thought, and I would like you to just think about it.
If we respected each other as individuals and not by race or social class we would get a lot further. What do I mean? Well to be fair I'm a visitor while working here on a contract. However there is one major difference and I've already mentioned it! I'm respected!
SA is hung up on the past, not sure why because it can't be changed, just like people can't be brought back from the dead, we cannot change what came before us but we can change what is to come before us.
South Africa is going through a rough time at the moment and as a "Saffa" looking in from the outside it looks rather grim:
So what is my solution? It's simple really. South Africa needs to base it's growth on:
I know this will be difficult initially but make it happen, bring in respect for those people around us. We won't have students ripping down statues or paintings, poor people won't be forced to steal or kill to survive, government workers won't need to be corrupt and most importantly it won't be about race!
I love my country and I hope it will make it through his tough time!
P.S - if you respected yourself you would step down and let someone else have a chance in the hot seat.