Winds of Change

Time of change

Since the public outcry after the Nkandla scandal, the public has become intolerant of corruption, political scandals and misappropriation of funds. South Africans decided that they have had enough and decided to do something about it. Seeing as the political route is a lengthy one and we will have to wait for future elections to see possible positive change, a coup will do great damage, and our president refuses to step down. The people of South Africa took to the streets of its capital city on the 12th of April 2017.

In a march from Paul Kruger square to the union buildings, more than 20 000 people walked against his reign on Jacob Zuma’s 75th birthday. For the umpteenth time since the 1994 elections, our rainbow nation stepped across the racial divide to unite for a common cause. Political parties set aside their party agendas for the day in a united call against the current president.

Ten days later, an estimated million people gathered on a farm, Wilde Els, just outside of Bloemfontein. Another peaceful, unifying event had 1.7 million people booking tickets to pray together. In this prayer meeting, people of all denominations, political parties, cultures, languages and races came together to pray for peaceful, positive change in South Africa. People prayed for a non-racialist society, for the leaders of the country and a return to righteous behaviour.

It really seems that South Africa is always in the news. Since our apartheid days, we have been scrutinised by millions of people across the world. With the advent of a new democracy, under a unique leader like Madiba, we were watched to see if we would follow the path of other African countries into poverty and decay. Initially, we didn’t, and the world was excited with us. Currently, we have a leader who cares more for his pockets and his cronies than for his people. South Africans refuse to tolerate it. And in a move that is unique to Africa, the country’s people have decided to take a peaceful stand against it.

Subjected to a selfish leader, backed by a party who has a history as old as apartheid, ANC supporters are at a loss for choice. They love their party, they distrust their leaders. They have very few voting alternatives: parties with promising ideas are small and silent, the noisy parties have some volatile ideas, and the party with some political clout seems to be confused about its ideology and goals. People don’t know who to vote for, come election time. Elections are too close for a new party to remove the weaknesses of the others and prove itself worthy of taking charge of the country.

For South Africans, despair, despondency and a fear for the future of our country have been plaguing our minds. Emigration is (financially and otherwise) not an option for many, and other countries have their own issues and are fighting wars and troubles of their own. We are proudly South African and this is where we want to stay. We don’t want to kill and be killed, and we don’t want to see our already fragile infrastructure destroyed by sabotage and wars.

Political parties spread their agenda and try to incite racial divide, using the media and spewing nonsense. But the average man on the street is in love with this country and has respect for his fellow South African, no matter the colour.

The winds of change are blowing in South Africa, and the eyes of the world should remain on us, as we, the people, are going to bring about change. I believe it will happen in a peaceful and unprecedented way that will make history.