Dear Government (again)

21 Oct

It makes me very very sad to read the comments on articles like these ones on SowetanLive and these on TimesLive.  Not the comments that agree that its about time that the public speak up, not even the comments that say that the personal insults made by Gareth Cliff in his letter to government were rude and uncalled far.  No, the ones that break my heart are the ones that keep implying that criticizing the ANC led government in any form is racist.

Mr. President, isn’t it time to start teaching the people of our country to look past race?  Isn’t it time to stand on a pedestal and admit that while there are certainly still some issues that stem from the apartheid regime, the majority of issues are happening in the here and now where race should no longer play a part?

I agree with all of the comments that Gareth Cliff made (except perhaps the insults).  All of those areas are in a shambles and need work.  People need education, we need services, we need healthcare; but most importantly, we need a government that we can trust to tell the truth and trust to service our needs.  One that will let us know what’s happening, instead of trying to hide what’s not happening by muzzling the media.  One that will stop living in the past and walk with the people to secure our future.

You, as our leader, set up a presidential hotline a year ago, making us believe that we’d be able to call you and tell you what we’re not happy with.  Sadly, as I can also see from the comments mentioned above, this is yet another place that you have failed us.  People don’t even know if it’s still going.  How are we meant to see that there are results if there is no reporting structure?

I’d like to see a government where transparency rules.  One where corruption and lies are admitted and dealt with, instead of being investigated to death, likely in the hopes that the people will forget about it if you investigate it for long enough.  I’d like to see a government who tells us what the majority of people are complaining about, who tells us what they plan to do about it and when; and one that admits if it can’t make its deadlines.

I’d like to see a government who says sorry.  One that admits failure.  One that tries again after failing.

So, stop chasing power.  Stop chasing riches.  The only people you are enriching are yourselves.  Its not doing anybody else any good.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if you drive the newest Mercedes on the market, as long as you make me believe that you’ve earned it.





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