The time has come, people of South Africa, to take a stand.
We are a nation fraught with injustice – now and in the past. We have experienced trials and tribulations from the day we were founded, but every step was marked by a great event: the unity of the citizens against their oppressors. South Africa is a nation with a strong history of civil disobedience. We are a nation which did not stand idly as dictators enforced their fascist policies onto our country.
We cannot let them do it now.
E-Tolls, Nkandla, the Secrecy Bill and all other ill-thought pieces of legislation which threaten to derail our free society are all just specific events with which to focus our anger. These are challenges which we must fight, but their destruction is not the end.
The biggest problem in South Africa is that we have a government which does these things in the first place. All our problems – unemployment, education, poverty, even crime – can all be linked to the arrogance of our so-called ‘democratic’ government.
But why is our government so arrogant and cocksure about its superiority? Apathy – apathy and ignorance. The people of South Africa stand with the power to change everything, but they do nothing. A few may, but the majority either support the ruling party out of ignorance or greed while the others merely do not care until they are the ones losing their homes, rights and financial well-being.
It is time to take a stand, South Africa. It is your fault, my fault and the fault of all of us that our government managed to get this far, but we can stop it.
Edmund Burke said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Thus, I implore every one of you to oppose evil – oppose every unjust, incompetent and petty action your government does. We are not their subjects, we are not serfs, slaves or servants. We are citizens and as citizens – we own their leash.