Time for change
21 October 2011, 15:00
The time has come for change. South Africa is a country rich with potential. Potential politicians hide from us in favour of short term solutions for long term problems. Crime, Education, poor service delivery, rampant corruption, mismanagement and nepotism. Poorly lead and mismanaged unions that lie to the people to keep their support. Offer them only unrealistic and unsustainable short term gains through baseless, exaggerated wage increases.
Only we can change this but we need strong leadership. This could be Julius but he lacks focus and instead of addressing the issues just says things that get him attention, even if it's the wrong attention. Someone like Tokyo could be that person but he is now being folded into the ANC fabric so he doesn't say or do what needs to be said or done but says what he is told. I can only hope he will still be capable of standing when the time comes, he should be a future president.
I like Trevor Manuel but he sometimes suffers from what appears to be emotional out bursts that damage the people perception of him. Sometimes it is better to say nothing at all rather than say the wrong thing.
We lack truly inspired leaders who will stand up and say and do what needs to be said and done. I am a firm believer that people who enter politics for only personal gain and use that position to rob and steal from the people and waste their hard earned taxes should be tried for treason and punished as having committed treason against the country and the people. This would go a long way to making politicians think before spending, stealing or lying about their funds and finances.
It would take true leadership to write and sign off on laws that could have serious implications even for him or herself but this is what true leaders do. We need long term decisions, plans and commitments to growth, education and justice that will change our future no matter how painful they are now to the current generation. The current generation needs to be grown up enough to see the long term vision and vote to right them into law so even if the leadership is changed, the ships course is largely set and only adjustments to its course can be made. It needs to be written into law so that it is difficult for the ship to be turned around without large and virtually unachievable policy shifts. This will establish South Africa on a course for future success and growth.
Look at the commitment and time it took for Korea and China to set their countries on path to long term growth and success which they enjoy now. You have to start somewhere with a vision and the leadership to sell that vision to the people. People like Julius with their narrow “Nationalisation will save us” policies, only want to get rich today. True wealth and national prosperity take commitment, years of hard work and proper fundamental and sustainable politicise and a commitment to those policies. Something we are yet to see or even hear a mention of from our current self serving, short sighted leaders.
New changes to education show glimmers of hope. Will they be followed through and will they stand the test of 20 years to change the fate of an entire generation? Will they filter through the desire results into the economy as a whole?
Occasional sweeping statements show promise but seem to be quickly swept aside and seldom acted on showing a lack of commitment we so desperately want to hear, and experience from the leaders we want to look up to and vote for and enjoy the realities of the words they so easily throw around when they think we want to hear them.
In the absence of strong focused visionary positive leadership, the people will follow anyone with a microphone who seems to have plan even if that plan means long term poverty, suffering and self destruction like Zimbabwe, Libya, Egypt, Cambodia, Germany 1939 etc.
Failure is a common theme that is so easy to fall into, so hard to recognise and so much harder to live when you yourself as a leader may not even be alive to see or experience or enjoy the rewards that are eventually yielded. For me this is the measure of a true leader.
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