A new day is dawning in South Africa.
South Africa, amazing, vibrant, diverse and surprising, as usual, has not failed to provide for speculative and spectacular politics over these past few days. And especially so the last few months of the years of Jacob Zuma’s term in office, from which he was ousted by his own party members just months before his term ended. Just as with the previous South African president Thabo Mbeki. The wheel has indeed turned !
South Africa has a way of going all the way to the edge of demise, before pulling back in resilience and fortitude. The birth of the new South Africa in 1994 was a tumultuous time when the shadow of a civil war loomed but was narrowly prevented by prayer and skilful peace-keeping interventions that drew us back from the brink.
The Nelson Mandela years were hopeful with the new vision for a country where Oppression was lifted and all people were to be equal. The working out of that dream was not an easy one as many mind-shifts had to be made. Slowly the privileged ones had to expand their minds to inclusivity, and perhaps even more slowly, the underprivileged ones has to let go their grip on being a victim of their history. Both difficult, almost impossible tasks for a very passionate, vibrant and an outspoken society – yet necessary to grow in unity and wholeness to build one nation. But it would take time.
Thabo Mbeki, a man for an African vision saw a larger picture, and spoke of an African Renaissance. This might have planted seeds, but for the time being it may well have been a vision for a time to come. The Government of the day were finding their new power-based feet, as ordinary South Africans were grappling, with their new-found identities, pressing social issues, the Aids epidemic, and wanted swift and decisive plans and actions.
Thabo Mbeki was unceremoniously recalled by his party, and in his place Jacob Zuma took over the reigns of this fledgling nation. When a nation and its leaders are in unchartered waters it would be good to have a compass or a plan. There was no clear announced vision to take the country forward, probably due to the identity crisis in the new governing party. For years they had been fostering a revolution movement to take over the country, and had perhaps, in hindsight now, not made the mind-shift from political revolution to good political governance. So political football was played out, to only the delight of the political parties involved, as the rest of society was waiting for a clear directive to move forward – none came. But the dissatisfaction of the poorer citizens who saw no economic change whatsoever began to demonstrate their dissatisfaction and very real frustrations with protest marches and the burning of some establishments.
Huge mine-fields for the nation were beginning to appear as greed and corruption had seduced well positioned power people in power structures to take, grab and hold onto all the resources and wealth that were there for the taking – the looting of the State coffers. And this happened, without a peep from anyone, until it was almost to late, and another demise glaringly stared us in the face, as foreign looters – (and calculating foreign nations with power and nuclear aspirations may well have played a pinnacle role, perhaps yet to be revealed, when the rotting cancer of corruption in South Africa is finally and fully exposed) – and all this went unchecked !
The global markets reacted to the situation in South Africa, and then only did the alarm bells go off. Of course the president was not equipped to deal with these problems, buried his head in the sand and strategically played delay tactics to squirm out of any responsibility.
But ordinary South Africans are resilient, and fierce stalwarts of integrity and righteousness. And so once again, the claw-back from the demise came this time through protest marches, the media, the press, and by God’s grace the Judicial system, that had been waving the constitutional flag of morality and justice to reign supreme for all South Africans.
Now, a new day has dawned in South African politics with a new president. Cyril Ramaphosa, who spoke at the State of the Nation address in Cape Town on 16 February 2018. He breathed hope into our politically fatigued nation, gave a renewed vision of hope – a revived Nelson Mandel vision for equality for all South Africans. But this time, having passed through all the tumultuous times of nation construction and deconstruction, there is an inclusive economic plan, that means business with the rest of the world to invest into our collective future, even a building stone for a fast developing African continent.
All South Africans have been invited to take part in this new era that has dawned. As President Ramaphosa indicated in his speech, it is for all South Africans who want equality through hard work, integrity, the rooting out of corruption, and to build a new South Africa.
To cap it all a former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel put it this way :
” Ship South Africa has a new captain, and its all hands on deck “
The one mind-shift that will accelerate the move from poverty to progress to prosperity is this: Ask not what can I get but rather ask what can I give ! – then go and build and plant wherever you are, and whatever you do, to benefit yourself and others in our community.
The time has indeed come for all South Africans to build and to plant one nation with integrity and with honour, for the benefit of all who live in her, and for the benefit of the country and the continent.
May God bless South Africa.
Jeremiah 18 : 9 And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom,
to build and to plant it,…..