This years Freedom Day celebrations in South Africa is a festivity for ex-terrorists, who by the miraculous works of the devil were branded as freedom fighters. The celebrations coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of one of the world's most controversial terrorists, Nelson Mandela, who not too long ago was still flagged on U.S. terrorist watch-lists and needed special permission to visit the USA – Source
This years main celebrations, attended by President Zuma, will be held on the lawns at the Union Buildings in PRETORIA, and not in the City of Tshwane as so boldly proclaimed at this government website.
So with that said, I’ve decided not to say anything more about this so-called ‘Freedom Day’, but to rather post the recent views of two professional South Africans, which reveal more than a mouthful about this so-called ‘freedom’ this country has experienced during the past 16 years.
South Africa's black brain drain
By Subashni Naidoo
Almost half of South Africa's middle-class black teenagers plan to flee the country for greener pastures.
Unscrupulous politicians, escalating crime, poor employment prospects and low education standards are behind a growing desire among the country's black youth to leave.
In contrast, only 33% white and Indian youth want to go, reflecting a hardening of attitudes among black youngsters who have increasingly lost confidence in government.
The latest national BratTrax study conducted by research group Youth Dynamix reveals that although most black teenagers between 13 and 15 want to stay put, 42% are disillusioned and plan to leave as soon as they can.
The study, conducted this year, included face-to-face interviews with 900 youngsters aged seven to 15 in eight of the nine provinces.
While previous research showed that this group were positive about the developments in government and believed they would benefit, they had now lost confidence in their leaders.
"They are questioning our leaders and their capabilities. They are feeling disillusioned," said research director Andrea Kraushaar.
Reflecting views similar to their white and Indian counterparts, 71% of black youth felt it was impossible to get employment in South Africa; 58% said crime made them want to live in another country, and 73% felt government was not living up to its promises.
Professor Lawrence Schlebusch, an expert in behavioural medicine, said his research of stress and suicidal behaviour showed that stress levels were incredibly high among youth.
"They tend to experience alienation from their own value systems and the main reason for this is because they had great expectations of the new South Africa and these expectations are not being met.
"It is much harder for them now. They are finding it more difficult to get into university, the unemployment rate is far higher and there seems to be more and more polarisation," said Schlebusch. – Article Source: www.timeslive.co.za
A country undone
By Barney Mthombothi – Editor: Financial Mail, Johannesburg.
In Zimbabwe this past week, one could imagine a scene of emaciated people with empty stomachs, with barely enough energy to swat a fly, jumping up and down to celebrate 30 years of independence. Some independence!
It sounds as ghostly as it is ghastly. A scene straight out of Kafka. Zimbabwe at 30 is a country that’s been taken back to year zero. The unrestrained joy at independence has turned into utter despair. The country’s productive capacity has been decimated; a breadbasket turned into a basket case.
Its educated elite, products of an excellent education system it must be said, have left with their skills, fanning across the globe, not so much in search of greener pastures as simply running away from Robert Mugabe’s scorched earth policy. Even the working class has left, to compete in eking out a living with SA’s increasingly resentful underclass. For most of those remaining behind, the country has become a little hell on earth. Mugabe, the villain of the piece, seems pleased with himself and his handiwork, the destruction he’s wrought on his country.
SA is not without blame. An accusatory finger is being pointed at Julius Malema for muddying the waters . There are many things for which this windbag should be held accountable; messing up Zimbabwe is, however, not one of them.
Mugabe and his henchmen of course take much of the blame, followed by our own Thabo Mbeki and his cabinet. Jacob Zuma will own the problem too if he doesn’t stiffen his resolve to solve it.
But Mugabe didn’t usurp power. It was given to him by the electorate. Just as the German people elected Adolf Hitler, who went on to do awful things in their name. When Mugabe lost in a referendum 10 years ago, his days looked numbered. Cornered, he went for the coup de grace, unleashing his war veterans to terrorise opponents and chase farmers off the land, thus condemning his people to starvation. Mbeki did his bit too, lending a hand where he could to keep Mugabe ensconced in power.
Mugabe owes his biggest debt of gratitude to Morgan Tsvangirai, his fiercest rival, who, having won an election, foolishly agreed to be a junior partner in a marriage of convenience concocted by Mbeki. It’s a lifeline that has legitimised Mugabe’s grab on power. Tsvangirai has little to show for it. Mugabe has refused even to abide by the agreement. Tsvangirai is hoist with his own petard.
The tragedy is not simply that Mugabe has destroyed his own country. He has exported the cancer. He’s poisoned the well. He’s contaminated the politics of the region, especially SA. Our politicians have learnt from the master’s knee, so to speak — the buck- passing (blame everything on imperialists and apartheid); the reckless and incendiary language; the refusal to see reason or deal with reality even as it stares you in the face. It was, I suppose, appropriate that Malema should pay homage in person to Mugabe.
Our people are increasingly suspicious or even frightened by the actions of their own government. It can no longer be trusted to do what’s right by them. It seems to be driven by agendas that have nothing to do with their interests or well-being. In such circumstances, an independent judiciary becomes more important. It’s a bulwark against tyranny. No wonder its reputation is under attack through ill-informed and self-serving comments by politicians and the appointment of questionable characters to the bench.
There’s a lot to learn from Zimbabwe’s three decades of independence, a journey strewn with pitfalls. It’s a lesson on how not to run a country. We need to wise up and change course, or hardly a decade from now, Zimbabwe will be our destination, our reality. It is, as one leader once remarked, a prospect too ghastly to contemplate. – Article Source: www.fm.co.za
By Sandy Geyer
Published: Jul. 06, 2009
Words: 38313 (approximate)
This story is an honest, humorous and courageous account of the journey of one white south african woman, Sandy Geyer, born in 1970 in Benoni, a small city on the outskirts of Johannesburg. She answers many of the questions of the hows and whys of her journey away from South Africas new found freedom and offers countless emigrants a voice whilst honouring the significance of those left behind. >>> Click here for more info.
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