Africans sick and tired of blaming the past

The ANC’s neocolonialist rhetoric will not eradicate
poverty
Africans are now sick and tired of liberation political parties,
who can only boast about the past.
I read last week that a prominent female ANC leader in
South Africa has accused the DA of being neocolonialists
who want to take South Africa backwards. Next to that
article, was a report that South African ministers had spent
around R65 million on renovations of their residences.
Below that, was an article talking about how a President
Zuma’s supporter surreptitiously landed a R1, 25 billion
electricity smart-meters tender. The same day, it was also
reported that South African state enterprises, spent R25
million to fund ANC/New Age breakfast sessions on SABC 2.
And so it went on.
Now I ask you, who is taking South Africa backwards?
Of course, this also happens here in Zimbabwe.
Neocolonialists are blamed for everything that’s wrong
about Zimbabwe, including the pot holes that we see
everywhere. This is so, while we see the plundering of our
national resources by a power cabal made up of ZANU (PF)
and the Chinese (see my last article on Chinese Imperialism
in Zimbabwe). I have no doubt that we are going to see
more rhetoric and colonialist nonsense this year, as we
move towards elections. Our socio-economic problems will,
once more, be blamed on those that have absolutely
nothing to do with the incompetence of our political
leadership.
In my opinion, a lot of black South Africans are in denial of
what is coming around the corner, but let me warn you; As
long as you accept mediocre political leadership that is
earned through participation in the armed struggle, and as
long as the one party remains the majority party in
government; you are going to create a leadership that feels
entitled to power, regardless of how they perform in the
eradication of poverty.
It is also likely that, a significant number of skills will go
elsewhere and your economy is going to suffer. In the mean
time, ANC cronies will get wealthier while blaming the
whites for lack of economic transformation. Unfortunately,
this old formula, where politicians continually shift the
burden of social problems to the "enemy", always works to
pacify the masses, especially during election campaigns.
In fact, thank goodness you have the DA there in South
Africa, because without it, South Africa would be a one party
state. Believe me; you don’t want that to happen. I
sincerely hope that some sort of multi-racial progressive
opposition party will also emerge here in Zimbabwe, after
we get rid of ZANU (PF).
Africans are now sick and tired of liberation political parties
who can only boast about the past, but have become
irrelevant in creating the Africa that most of us middle aged
blacks who did not participate in the armed struggle desire.
This is likely to continue because, progressive blacks are not
taking the responsibility to be engaged in politics and be the
change that they want to see. In addition, white Africans
continue to be labeled as racist or neocolonialist, thereby
alienating their valuable contribution to Africa’s
development.
As far as I am concerned, whites in South Africa, and
Zimbabwe for that matter, continue to contribute
significantly to developing the economy, more so in South
Africa. It is time we rejected racial classification as a
measure of political legitimacy. Zimbabwe’s economy
collapsed because we ignored the reality that whites were a
critical economic factor, especially in agriculture. We
certainly need their expertise and competence in
management, so does South Africa. This does not imply they
should continue to dominate us as they once did in the
past, but we must work in partnership with them for the
sake of economic development. They are Africans too you
know.
African politics has shown us that, when the black man gets
into power, he has nothing to offer except the selfish
accumulation of material wealth and racist rhetoric against
the West and an enemy that does not exist. He continues to
divert our attention to race simply because it creates a false
sense of victimization and identity with the poor masses.
I think that it is time we see a different breed of African
emerging into power. For me, the DA offers that platform
for articulate and intelligent black South Africans to outshine
some cadres. For goodness sake, focus on what they stand
for and not the color of their current leader. We must now
see non racist Africans, who are unencumbered by the
liberation struggle rhetoric of the past taking leadership
positions. It is now time for Africans who understand that
their economies can only develop through harnessing the
talents and ideas of all Africans, black and white. People
who realize that, although our fathers were discriminated
against because of their race, we cannot continue to focus
on that past, if we are to move forward and create a better
future.
The race card has been abused for just too long and is
serving no one at all except politicians who don’t have a
better plan for Africa. Let us all reject that. The time has
now come for us progressive Africans to come forward take
over.
Call me what you want, but Africa will never evolve from
being a victim of the past, as long as this neocolonialist
rhetoric continues.

Source: politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=354466&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389

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