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Zuma State of the Nation Address

Post Polokwane

by Morrel Shilenge / 18.01.2011

Politicians seem very humane (in speeches). Promises are made. Everyone applauds. Feel-good devices, meant to get people to vote. Those promises are seldom fulfilled. So what else is new?

President Jacob Zuma was recently in Polokwane for the first time since the palace coup that saw Thabo Mbeki booted out. It introduced us to Julius Malema. Not much has happened since in Polokwane, until now.

Oh wait. There was that huge festival Malema & Co threw late last year featuring international DJ and Producer Louie Vega and local musicians. Juju said the event was for “the people of Limpopo”. Gee thanks. Shouldn’t he be doing a lot more (youth employment schemes, Aids shelters, books for schools) than throwing the Youth a concert? Politicians often throw empty, feel-good bashes (remember the World Cup?) as if this is what the legions of jobless young people need. During election season, the ANC ‘party’ machine shifts into overdrive: bashes, parties, jols. Nothing remains afterwards but empties and the bill.

Louie Vega

For three days Polokwane was buzzing over Zuma’s return with b-grade tenderpreneurs, hangers-on and their expensive foreign cars in full effect. Thousands of ANC members and supporters gathered for one of the biggest parties Polokwane has ever seen. Zuma gave a rousing speech in the Peter Mokaba Stadium. He made promises about education. Promised his government would prioritise good, affordable learning. It was the right thing to tell young peole. It was just what we wanted to hear.

But the event felt at times like a show for tenderpreneurs. A ploy to rouse young Limpopo voters hit by the recession and hard times. Young ANC supporters are loud. They’re into it. They’re mostly from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and fervently support the ruling party in the hope of jobs and “a better life for all”. Only to return home to nothing. How many more years can this cycle of hope and despair continue? South Africa is second only to China in the number of industrial disputes and scale of civil unrest annually. Police seem ever more ready to “shoot to kill”.

Ferrari

After Zuma’s speech, more talk heavy with promises. As is customary these days with the ruling party, the ANC threw a big jamboree, a bash celebrating youth, invoking the great fiery legacy of the struggle and all that. The bash featured National Artists (with product to push), songs and dancing, nostalgia and nationalism, booze and broads. And why not?

The ANC was fundamental in bringing freedom to South Africa. That is something to celebrate. But forever? All the time? We have new problems. New struggles. Just as urgent and demanding as before. The struggle for genuine equality. Genuine freedom. For housing, health and hope.

Polokwane ANC

But the ANC has forgotten about everyday people. Opportunity is monopolised by the powerful. Insiders feed while outsiders starve. Young people like me are frustrated. We’re sick of unfulfilled promises. We’re not even willing to maintain the most basic social contract anymore: we don’t vote at all. From those glorious, endless lines of 1994 to an increasing disgust and indifference. What is the point of voting when no good comes of it?

I honestly thought the broken reputation Zuma brought with him into the presidency would make him a tireless campaigner for good governance (service delivery, a functioning justice system, a shifting of national economic priorities away from ‘investor sentiment’ to social justice). It was a chance for him to restore his name. But besides that World Cup – which really involved us rolling over for FIFA – what else has been done?

Zuma made a lot of promises. But we young people aren’t holding our breath for this government to fulfill them.

Julius Malema

Jacob Zuma State of the Nation

*All images © Morrel Shilenge.

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RESPONSES (48)
  1. Lesego says:

    Why is the assumption that when you see a Black person driving an expensive that he is a “tenderpreneur”? He can’t be an Investment Banker who bought with his year-end bonus, an Actuary, or entrepreneur who does business with the private sector. To equate Black wealth with cronyism is a subtle form of racism.

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  2. Lesego says:

    Should read “a Black person driving an expensive CAR”…and “He can’t be ab Investment Banker who bought IT with his year-end bonus”….

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  3. Jason says:

    Wake up Lesego. That’s your tax money driving down the road.

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  4. Lesego says:

    Why and how can you confidently say that? I think we really need to be clear in our definition of tenderpreneur. In my view it is someone who, for no other reason than the fact that he is connected politically, gets government business, and more often than not, inflates prices, pays bribes and does not deliver. A business owner who is awarded business on merit, delivers, does not pay bribes, whether he is servicing the private sector or the state is a legitimate capitalist and should not apologise for the fruits of his labour. Is tenderprenueur a term that applies racial lines, somehow I think and it looks like most people only use the term when talking about Black people.

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  5. Jason says:

    I’m too lazy to argue, and perhaps rely too heavily on Wikipedia. But the fact is undeniable. It’s a Black thing. And amazingly, the self-aware, confident, intelligent youth of this country buys into the bullshit. Over and over again.
    Let’s not even go there on the Racist angle, ok? – the word has long ago lost it’s meaning – beaten to death by the likes of Julius and co. A tired argument – will a businessman who has profited from cronyism be taken seriously anywhere else in the world? He has nothing to offer. I mean even young Julius made a right mess after landing the shady deals to build the now collapsing roads and bridges in his OWN hometown. IE He fucked over the people he grew up with!

    Tenderpreneur (or tenderpreneurship[1]) is a South African term used to describe a government official or politician who uses their powers and influence to secure government tenders and contracts. The word is a portmanteau of “tendering” and “entrepreneur.” Some commentators believe that this practice might give rise to a cleptocracy as a deviant mutation of a democracy if left unchecked. In this regard a cleptocracy is defined at the condition arising when a political elite manipulate the three arms of government (legislature, executive and judiciary) with the intention of capturing resources that will enrich that elite[2].

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  6. Carol Reed says:

    I’m sure there are some white tenderprenueurs out there; it’s just that the rule is that they’re generally black and ANC that’s because the party in power is the ANC and they have a majority of black members. It’s that simple.

    Anyway. At no point in this article was any one specific person called a tenderprenueur, so it’s really hard to understand who you are defending.

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much.

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  7. Afrimoon says:

    The irony, Lesego, is that if your black ferrari driver in fact IS an investment banker/actuary etc – he/she in all probability got the job on BBBEE merits. One step away from a tenderpreneur.

    You can’t have it both ways. No sunset clause on BBBEE implies that black people will never be good enough, and the chilling assurance that Jesus will be with us before the ANC relinquish control (of awarding tenders) does not help.

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  8. Lesego says:

    Carol, the reason I raised the issue of calling people tenderpreneurs is because the title of the Ferrari pic is “The ride of the tenderpreneur”. I’m not defending tenderpreneurs, if anything i totally detest this culture. For the record, I am not an ANC member and do not vote for the ANC, but rather for the DA.

    I just feel that the moment we think that every successful Black person we see has accrued his wealth through devious means we buy into some backward thinking.

    Afrimoon, thousands of yound Black people attend universities, go up the corporate ladder and are in a position now where they can buy an expensive car or whatever material goods they desire. Should they now be afraid to live their lives because someone will see them drive the road, have no idea how they make their living and label them tenderpreneurs!?

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  9. Afrimoon says:

    Lesego, no, they should not be afraid.

    They should just know that as long as BBBEE aids black people of less or equal talent at the expense of white people, the ones that do deserve the recognition will not get it.

    Just ask Habana and Ntini how hard it was for them to be recognized on merit.

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  10. ling-ling says:

    is one that was part of the struggle but is not struggling 😉

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  11. ling-ling says:

    On another note, they did not employ a very good designer to do their poster. It is frikken ugly. Just shows you money can not buy you true style and taste.

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  12. ling-ling says:

    A successful south African is one that was/is part of the struggle but not struggling.

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  13. Jason says:

    Lesego, my intention is not to patronise you, but I don’t believe you earn a salary yet, having to pay over the income tax every month. Neither do I believe that you are a business owner, who has to pay over a big chunk of your hard-earned blood money to SARS every month.
    That’s money I need to pay salaries, to keep paying the inflated rates and taxes on my house – the local council keeps adding zeroes to my electricity bill! Pretty soon I can’t just drive anywhere for meetings because there’s the new highway tax, and the emissions tax, and the tax on booze, so I can’t drink the pain away.
    What makes it that much harder to swallow is seeing these guys in the papers brazenly flashing the cash around, impervious to the limp wrist of the law. The man o’ the people, Malema (again, sigh) sticking it to you and me with the ludicrous cars and suits and parties while people are eating out of bins on their pavement.

    My cleaning lady has 4 kids and we help where we can.
    My mom is putting her cleaning lady’s kids through school.

    I have yet to see a Black person give change to a (Black) beggar at the robots.

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  14. Lesego says:

    I just feel that there is a lot of pain and anger lying just below the surface and I am not sure how it all play out. On most online platforms I encounter a shocking level of White anger. At the same time a lot of Black people who feel that they have worked hard for their success are getting equally angry with what they perceive to be disrespect from White counterparts. They feel that the view in certain cicles is that White people are competent until proven otherwise and that Black people are incompetent until proven otherwise.

    We have some interesting and difficult discussions ahead of us as a society, that is if there will be anybody left to have these discussions because at times I feel then in the near future most people will bitch and moan in their own enclaves.

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  15. Jason says:

    Yeah, I agree with you.

    And then we have enlightened writers using the k-word a few stories down.

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  16. Lesego says:

    Jason, I have no idea how you came to make these assumptions about who I am, but as you said, you do not mean to patronise me.

    I run and own two successful companies, which I started with my own money. No funding from the bank or state. I do very little work with the State, the bulk of my clients are private companies.

    So I know how it feels to pay both personal and company tax! I also hate to have my tax money wasted, but what White South Africans need to realise is that the moment you make these arguments about race, and not about values, about right and wrong, then you lose a lot of people and you make it so easy for the ANC to dismiss your very legitimate arguments.

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  17. Jason says:

    What Black South Africans need to realise is that once the money is all gone, it’s a free-for-all. The ‘struggle’ heroes have no idea what a revolution is. I’m talking poor vs rich, the very real majority. Leave a man hungry for too long and it’s tickets.
    Eventually there will be nothing left to steal, no more deals to m/fake, no more buddies to milk, and then relaunching your business/es abroad, without the comfy cushions of BEE and AA will be impossible. War veterans in Zim and the ‘new elite’ in the bankrupt Greece have nowhere else to go. Rats caught on a sinking ship. Of course the Malemas and Kulubuse Zumas of the world will be safely ensconced in their sweet pad in Marbella living off the interest of the billions they stole (Why not Havana, the spiritual home of all ‘revolutionaries’, one wonders?).

    Tenderpreneurs are stunted by greed, have no conceivable value to the people or this country. They have even less value beyond these borders. By extension, and association, that includes most South African Black business/career oriented people.

    By thinking this is merely a race issue you’re missing the point entirely.

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  18. Afrimoon says:

    In that case, Lesego, you have every right to be recognized on merit.

    But, despairing at the fact that white people generalize when it comes to these things, with mechanisms such as BBBEE/quotas in place, is naive.

    It should not bother you, just as being labelled a racist in certain black circles, purely because of my white South African heritage does not bother me.

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  19. Lizzy says:

    Jason. while points about the state of corruption and lavish lifestyles in this country are very valid, Lesego is right that you are undermining the credibility of the argument by making a very racial point. “Its a black thing”. your emotive tone and moral high ground attitude dont help either : “My cleaning lady has 4 kids and we help where we can. My mom is putting her cleaning lady’s kids through school. I have yet to see a Black person give change to a (Black) beggar at the robots”.

    and tax. tax is what the government is using to keep the country running and provide the poorest of the poor with shelter and basic healthcare, as imperfect as the delivery of it is, and despite the fact that plenty of it IS being used in an absurdly lavish way.
    First world countries like sweden have the heaviest taxation and are the most economically and socially equal societies in the world. Taxation is an important thing, just needs to be used properly. and of course its difficult when the majority of the population are below the bread line, as is clearly not the case in Sweden.

    rant over.

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  20. Jason says:

    Lizzy, point taken. I concede that my tone is smug and uppity – regrettable.

    I simply resent the naivete some people have when it comes to brazen squandering and theft of public funds – particularly when the needs of the community are as pressing as now.

    “tax is what the government is using to keep the country running and provide the poorest of the poor with shelter and basic healthcare, as imperfect as the delivery of it is”
    The delivery is, in fact, zero in Ekhuruleni.

    The gist of my argument is that ceaseless self-enrichment at the cost of your own future is a blight particular to this country. Can we not see further than the next bottle of Johnnie Walker?

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  21. malome tome says:

    “Young ANC supporters are loud. They’re into it. They’re mostly from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and fervently support the ruling party in the hope of jobs and “a better life for all”. Only to return home to nothing.”

    yawn, hey andy this article is boring, the writer tries too hard to write ‘analysis’ and lastly it’s lazy as the comment i copy and pasted is evidence of.

    your truly

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  22. inbred with madonna says:

    “By extension, and association, that includes most South African Black business/career oriented people.”

    That’s a dangerous and stupid remark – about as productive as conveniently assuming that most whites are “by extension, and association” racists.

    Lesogo on the other hand rocks. Let’s look beyond race and culture towards values and things will look up.

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  23. Tooth Fairy says:

    OK, Inbred, I’ll have a side order of unicorn with my rainbow.

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  24. nolan says:

    @Jason and Afrimoon
    “I have yet to see a Black person give change to a (Black) beggar at the robots”

    dude you need to consider the worth of your comments. this one is useless. it only enforces the irrationality of your anger at the wealthy ‘blacks’. if fact all your comments do.

    think about for a second what you and Afrimoon are complaining about. if it is about theft of national resources by fraudulent business men ripping off the state then you surely know that it is not a problem of ‘black tenderpreneurs’ but all ‘tenderpreneurs’ and in fact affects the poor black majority still waiting for homes or living in sub par homes without electricity or running water much more than it does a white businessman. And this is not about tax, all South Africans pay tax, whether they are miners or ceo’s or even just paying VAT. This is not a problem of white or black. it is a problem.

    By racialising your anger you are doing 2 things. firstly avoiding any culpability. as a WHITE person you are innocent, indeed all white rich people are automatically innocent as this flashiness is only a problem when it is performed by black people who are of course all tenderpreneurs and unqualified. but the reality is that there are still more white wealthy people than black and many of them too have acquired their wealth by unsavoury means (Brett Kebble). in fact the entire mining/agricultural/manufacturing program upon which ALL South African wealth is based was acquired by thoroughly unsavoury means.

    also you are projecting your own racial insecurities onto a national problem you are in fact pulling a ‘Steve Hofmeyer’.
    ‘What Black South Africans need to realise is that once the money is all gone, it’s a free-for-all. ‘ – No this is not black specific.
    ‘But the fact is undeniable. It’s a Black thing. And amazingly, the self-aware, confident, intelligent youth of this country buys into the bullshit. Over and over again.’ – really? its probably not a Black thing. Tenderpreneurship is a terrible thing but it happens all around the world and it is not governed by race or culture. people like to make an easy buck. Many white South Africans are involved in government tender work some honest and legitimate some not just like black.

    and what about the indians and coloureds? what do you think when you see one of them driving a nice car? (or are we using Black in the BC sense? – race is always so confusing) and what about chinese people? they also qualify for BBBEE and affirmative action. do you also get angry, do you think ‘fok, that chinese looking fella is driving my tax rands away’

    this is silly.

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  25. @nolan says:

    Actually, only Black South Africans benefit from BEE and AA – ask your local BEE consultant or the Indian girl who was accepted into UJ last year and got bumped this week in favour of late applicants.

    The other races are unfortunately in limbo.

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  26. Polony says:

    No BEE and Affirmative Action is dependent on the field of activity as well as the region of the country. thus Indian people are not considered previously disadvantaged in certain educational fields eg. medicine.

    however they do qualify for affrimative acquisition and affirmative action

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  27. creepy steve says:

    I’M A CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY

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  28. Dan says:

    @Nolan – I think you have inadvertently laid out (in a very well said comment) the real issue here = defining things along racial lines gets us no where. Unfortunately perception is everything and the over riding perception here is that an elite few are benefiting and unfortunately they all seem to be black. So my question is the following – why even give the amo (BEE, AA) to the haters if we indeed to want to break the cycle of inane racist slurs? As far as I see it as long as BEE and AA exists without a sunset clause the perception will alway be that black people want a free ride (even if that is a grossly generalised and inaccurate statement it is still the perception) – something which I personally would find very degrading. In other words, I think BEE and AA make it easier for racism to carry on being such a destructive force in our society.

    Infact im SURE there are white ‘tenderpreneurs’ who infact manage to hide themselves precisely because of BEE and AA – it just makes to too easy to pin the blame on one group who already are carrying the perception of going for a free ride.

    I also have to take issue with your comments on tax – It IS part of the issue. Yes all South Africans pay tax but you cant deny that there are those of us who see large chunks of our pay checks disappearing each month (Remember income tax is calculated on how much you earn) into what seems like a black hole. Now don’t get me wrong – I have no issue with handing over R5K plus each month in taxs if I can see it is actually going towards something positive – I think you will find this is the real issue here. By all means take my money – but please do something with it!

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  29. Donkey Tech says:

    Dept of Ed has dropped the matric pass requirement.
    That kids are dumbing down, but no worries.
    If the University won’t take you, yell racism and threaten violence.
    With your mickey mouse degree, BEE ensures you have a well paying job/directorship – the company will absorb the cost of your incompetence and eventually buy you out in favour of another BEE appointment.
    You then buy a Ferrari.
    Drive it down the street, showing it off to kids who want to be just like you!

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  30. K says:

    “South Africa is second only to China in the number of industrial disputes and scale of civil unrest annually. Police seem ever more ready to “shoot to kill”.”

    Is this a fact? Or one of those hyperbolic statements where China’s the measure of all things draconian? Why go all the way to China when you can do a few lines of a historical comparison btwn the apartheid years and now? Surely that’s more edifying? I find throwing in phrases like ‘we’re the next Zimbabwe’ ‘oh this is like a Chinese dictatorship’ into articles of this writing style and nature, is a bit of indulgence in lazy political rhetoric that doesn’t really mean anything or give any insight.

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  31. Jason says:

    At risk of sounding even more like a shrill housewife…

    Substitute variations of the term ”The Ruling Party/followers of” in place of the word ‘Black’ in all of my above posts.
    I was raised better than that.

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  32. ibhunuelinde says:

    I was against Malema, i am beginning to see that he is right.this people do not see themselves as South Africans,they think they are a special breed that is about to be extinct in the world. they are victims. the whole country (blacks) are after their monies etc.
    adapt or go to Zimbabwe or i forgot everyone chased you away in Africa. you are remaining in South Africa because Mandela is alive he dies you pack your rubbishes and go to Iceland.

    – Timeslive blog post

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  33. toloki says:

    No white ethnic group is existing in this country. Only BaasTards.

    Malema has millions support not thousands!

    – Timeslive blog post

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  34. Donal Davern says:

    Gaston Savoi = white man + tenderpreneur. That white guy who was shagging Kanye Mbau briefly = white man + tenderpreneur. Pretty much any white man at any ANC networking venue giving blank cheques as donations to support the ‘democratic revolution’ is a tenderpreneur. And there are a growing number of them. There, happy? Greed knows no colour. And yes of course the media reports on more black tenderpreneurs – that’s because of our racial demographics: an overwhelming majority of the population are black. Then look at how people from different ‘racial groups’ vote, and there again is the post-apartheid colour bar. It has fuck-all to do with colour in the end analysis: the real issue in SA these days is the economic injustice perpetrated against a desperately poor, uneducated majority by a very tiny elite (we have the unique distinction of a GINI coefficient that marks us as the most unequal society in the world economically). It is an undeniable fact that a lot of white people have prejudice. It is also true that the Breitling-watch-wearing, Moet-guzzling fatcats who happen to be black in SA also happen to be able to use race cynically to promote their own selfish interests. Look how many comments we sift through to say: corruption is wrong. What are we going to do about it? Get into our colour-coded zones and point fingers at each other while the tenderpreneurs laugh at us. Rant over.

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  35. Vuk'uzenzele says:

    I think this a well-written article, which articulates the sentiment of a large swathe of South African youth disillusioned with the callous manner in which the legacy of the struggle has been squandered.

    The ANC’s slogans are now empty – ‘together we can do more’ for ‘a better life for all’…sure we can. Sure, sure. How?

    By voting the bloodsucking motherfuckers out of office, is how.

    As far as the portrayal of upwardly mobile ‘black diamonds’ goes, that’s a regrettable yet evident consequence of the manner in which the wealth of our country has been distributed. That it casts aspersions (in the minds of some) on those who match the highlife descriptions and revel in the same display of conspicuous consumption is simply a consequence of stereotype – which they are. They are also a disappointment, to the spirit of ubuntu, the ‘revolution’ and in the context of a world suffering massive problems precisely as a result of blind consumerism. How does driving a Hummer or Gallardo square with the obvious fossil fuel issues we face? How does ostentatious spending square with the grinding poverty the majority of our country faces? The bandaid excuse slapped on the behaviour of those who take pleasure in orgies of wealth is that ‘they never struggled to be poor’ (that charming dismissal of all criticism delivered by Smuts Ngonyama). Fuck that – it’s a slap in the face of everything Mandela, Sisulu, Tambo and their equals fought for. Yet their own sons and daughters are the now the very sneering face that mockingly suggests all those suffering should eat cake. How quickly we have forgotten. How swift to milk the cow dry and deny that sustenance to everyone else that sacrificed so much. It might have taken a village to raise these bloodsuckers, but Jim’s gone to Jozi, and he couldn’t care less cos he’s eating sushi off Khanyisile’s pert ass.

    There are serious and deep fault lines in our society, but those in the position to remedy the situation are too preoccupied with lining their own nests and rebuking in racially-charged language those who criticise them to care. The moral core of the liberators has been eaten away by rot, disdain and indifference. The few principled leaders have been drowned out in the clamour for riches. The noble sentiments of the Freedom Charter are now paraded by stuffed silk shirts for their own hollow claims.

    The truth is that the youth do indeed hold the future in their hands. The sad part of it is that they are either bedazzled by the bling, or are left feeling bitterly impotent. They either slavishly emulate the tenderpreneurs, or, like Morrel Shilenge, withdraw from the democratic process. Neither choice is the one that will realise the dreams of our country. Dreams which are being pissed away at 5K a bottle at Katzy’s, dreams which are danced on by the ANCYL to a Masters At Work soundtrack and silenced by snide liberation rhetoric.

    Cry, the beloved country. Cry and bitch and moan. Or do something about it.

    VOTE THE MOTHERFUCKERS OUT.

    Get off your ass and get involved:

    http://www.elections.org.za/content/splash/Default.htm

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  36. Max says:

    People in South Africa need to get hella angry. Start riots. Burn some ANC swine on public squares. The yellow-green-black scum are going to steal everything – and this has nothing to do with race/class, it has been proven time and time again in multiple struggle-party-to-dominant-ruling-party transitions. Is everyone still blinded by the 94-Rainbow-Nation farce? Throw a brick, light a molotov.

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  37. Nice says:

    Kudos to the commentators on this thread, great discussion…apart from the two Times Live (that explains it) commentators…

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  38. A Username Eludes Me says:

    I vote this the most considered, even-tempered comment thread on Mahala thus far.

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  39. Lesego says:

    Ego which manifests itself in the need to be an intellectual peacock gets in the way of rational thinking and dialogue and I think that halfway through this discussion people put their egos aside.

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  40. after birth says:

    HEY!!! WELCOME TO THE WORLD…

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  41. Moose says:

    Lesego makes a good point that not all successful black people are Tenderpreneurs. The problem is that they don’t speak up against those that are!

    How often do you see prominent, vocal black voices railing against the culture of Cronyism?
    Vavi is the only one that springs to mind…

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  42. happy brown says:

    Morrel you’ve done it yet again and I’m really starting to think that you are actually Andy stirring the dialogue that needs to take place.

    So we vote the suckers out and then put who in their place as the choice of parties is min, or rather gives you zero options. The majority of the populace live thinking better the devil you know than some white god who lacks cultural sensitivity to learn how the other lives and thinks that he/she is the thinking centre of our species. The political climate is changing and the next national election is in the hands of the youth, but the problem with the transition generation is that they are still stuck in Mandela limbo. Our political consciousness as a species is evolving, and the ignorant are powerful at using old rhetoric to ruse our consciousness and confuse us into boring debates that aren’t really about social reform.

    Governance is dead and needs revival, a revolution is nothing without a conscious evolution and radical transformation of our society. We took the first steps in that process but after the tears, saying sorry, doves, candles and stories of atrocities at the TRC we started to fall short on our ideas about what kind of society we want to live in. Governance cannot work without a citizenry’s participation, and that doesn’t mean just paying your taxes and then whining about the black guy with the flashy car while aspiring to the same idea of wealth. Welcome to the world, we are the nation to have chosen the direction we are taking. So please stop the gloom and doom talk of a revolution of the masses, its already in action. The removal of Thabo Mbeki as head of the ANC was proof that the working class of this country do not trust the middle class to steer them to a better life because the middle class think they are the guardians of all knowledge. The middle class have alienated themselves from the knowledge systems of the very same working class whom they profess to be helping.

    And like Morrels article I have decided to loose the point of why I started writing this and revert back to race and rhetoric about how nothing is being done, why doesn’t the ANC fulfill its promises and why do the young not have radical ideas about this countries future. Maybe because we are all too busy trying not to be poor in a country without job security and limited prospects that force us to be husslers of our destinies. Please set a sunset clause to BEE and shut those closed doors that are already shut tight for us darkies, apartheid lives lavishly in Cape Town and on MK all day everyday.

    God save the queen and vaderland

    To the poor darkies and their mirages of wealth

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  43. thinz; soma and coke says: says:

    if you start believing what you read; you’re dead

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  44. JD says:

    The real problems here are apathy and denial…
    I doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the ANC isn’t working for this country. But people, and I’ll say it, a lot of them ANC supporters, either put there heads in the sand or just shrug their shoulders instead of having the balls to vote for/support the best people/parties, leadership-wise, regardless of skin-colour. A very intelligent friend of mine, who doesn’t support the ANC but had parents who were involved in bringing about democracy, says she won’t vote for the DA, “It’s too soon”.
    Cutting off our noses to spite our faces…
    #i’mmajustsayin

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  45. brandon edmonds says:

    Yeah the DA are definitely the solution. Oh wait, NO THEY AREN’T. Here’s the political economist Rober Brenner: “I think the best way to forge a left political response today is to help the people most affected to gain the organization and power to decide what’s collectively in their interest. So, rather than try to figure out now, from above in a technocratic way, what’s the best answer, the key for the left is to catalyze the reconstitution of the power of working people.”

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  46. mapasa ipfi lucky says:

    mr president i standing for people from mulima pfananani in limpopo ward 18 of makhado, do u reject our votes the way u reject our crysis? mr zuma i am suggesting that it wil be usefull if u visit our village to recrute people for vote is then that you wil see by your eyes wether you cal it service delivery or what. please do us this faivour its very painful in our area. my number is 0760908094

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  47. andiswa zibi says:

    m residing in matatiele, and my question to you is Why do local municipalities do not hire young ppl especialy if they do not know you or suspect that you are not from the ANC.

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