This is my first thread, so if I have posted it in the wrong forum, I do apologize.
I do not know whether any of my fellow ATS'ers have been following the political situation in South Africa.
South Africa is truly a remarkable country - one of great natural beauty, absolutely beautiful people, many languages and fantastic cultures.
We have walked a long way since the abolishment of that evil system of "apartheid". I for one was 12 years old when the apartheid regime was
dissolved and Madiba came to power. I was raised to respect all life, and have never understood the need for racism, segregation or hate.
The power in this country today is held by a minority of black elitists. The divide between rich and poor is growing greater by the day. It is very
difficult to do business in this country, as we have been hit with economic recession coupled with the increasing lack of confidence in our country
and subsequent withdrawal of investments by international investors.
As a partner in a construction firm, I can vouch for the fact that our industry was one of the first to feel this knock. We employ a wonderful team of
15 men - all of whom care for a wife and two or more children. After 10 years in the trade and back-breaking work, we have not made a dent in our
debt. Many days we have procured projects at below-market-value in order to simply provide our team with work and income, so that they at least can
I am positive for the most part that our country will rise above the challenges facing it today. However, I read an article published an hour ago in
which Julius Malema has declared economic war against the white minority.
Read the article here
I am certain that this move has the potential to catapult our country into civil-war mode. I do not know why I have this feeling of impending doom - I
am one of those who do not place any value on the doings-and-going-ons of this man. But - I am certain that the act of waging war (albeit it an
economic one) on a minority group goes against the grain of everything that a democracy stands for.
Malema is at the moment being tried for bringing the ANC into disrepute. He is obviously at this point looking for a way out of what seems to be a
cut-and-dry situation - his method of dealing with his impending demotion of power is to rally up the unemployed masses and declare war on a minority
The white people are branded by Malema as thieves, who have "stolen" their land. How do I explain to Mr. Malema or his mass of followers that "my
450 m² of land" is owned by the bank, and that I can only become the owner of this land until I have paid them the huge debt owing, which should
take about...I don't know...15 years or more of back-breaking toil and labour?
At the end of the day, where do we as citizens of Earth find true freedom? If not on African soil, if not on American or European soil - where can one
just find a steady and calm foothold in life where one's safety and security is not threatened on a daily basis?